Last season: 7-5 overall (4-4 Big 12). The
Cyclones couldn't keep up with running back Vernand Morency as he rushed for 143
yards and two touchdowns. Jason Ricks added three field goals as
After being a member of the OSU
coaching staff for 10 of the past 14 years, Mike Gundy took over the Cowboy helm
earlier this winter. He was a former OSU quarterback and was an offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks and receivers coach at
"Obviously, what you have done in your past as assistant coach and the people you have been around have had an effect on what you do," Gundy said. "We learn on the run, and every day has been a good day for me. We have had a couple situations in the last six months that are tough, but I am excited and look forward to coming to work every day, more than I ever have been in my life."
This past May the Cowboy Nation lost one of their defensive leaders, when safety Vernon Grant was tragically killed in an automobile accident.
With the addition of Larry Fedora,
former offensive coordinator at
"Larry has had a history of a no-huddle offense and fast break," Gundy said.
The offense will be balanced, but the running game will be without all-Big 12 running back Vernand Morency who left the Cowboys early. Also gone are tight end Billy Bajema, center Chris Akin, offensive guard Sam Meyers and all-Big 12 offensive guard Sam Mayes.
A physical, blocking tight end, Johnson finished last season with four catches for 51 yards.
"Donovan Woods is obviously the player that was with us the most last year, played in our games, has got -- he is more mature than Bobby is at this time," Gundy said. "They are both very talented and done a great job this summer. I saw the results from some of the testing somebody put on my desk the other day; they are doing a good job in the weight room, so I would say we play both."
Shawn Willis will be at fullback; in 2004 he rushed 39 times for 175 yards and three touchdowns.
D'Juan Woods was a second-team
all-Big 12 selection a season ago when he led the Cowboys in receptions (33),
yards (690) and touchdown catches (six). On his career, Woods' 1,225 career
yards, put him 11th on
Lots of experience return to the
OSU defense, which implemented a new defensive scheme last spring when the
Cowboys transitioned from the
Peterson was sidelined with a knee injury a year ago, forcing him to miss the final six games of the season. He still finished with a team-high four quarterback sacks.
Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 350 pounds, Thomas is a force on the defensive line. As a true freshman in 2004, he had nine tackles, one for a loss and a fumble recovery.
An honorable mention all-Big 12
A second team all-Big 12 selection in 2004, Thompson was the Cowboys' leading tackler with 85 stops. He also had three sacks, two interceptions and forced three fumbles.
Jason Ricks will see action as the Cowboys' kicker. As a true freshman last year, he made 10-of-10 field goals from inside the 40 yard line. His career long field goal of 55 yards against Texas Tech is the second-longest in school history.
Talent runs deep in the Woods family as it has produced three impact players for the Cowboys in Rashaun, D'Juan and Donovan Woods.
Rashaun is a former OSU
all-American who now plays for the
His senior season, Rashaun spent time grooming D'Juan and the duo finished 1-2 among the OSU receivers in 2003. The two had 108 receptions for 1,846 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The youngest Woods – quarterback Donovan, started all 12 games for the Cowboys as a freshman. He set the freshman records for touchdown passes (13) and total offensive yards (2,064).
11/26/05 @ Oklahoma