Alamo Bowl Notebook

Lou Groza Award-winning kicker Dan Bailey has been absent from talking to the media this week and his parents told me that it is by his choice. Bailey realizes with the absence of punter/kickoff specialist Quinn Sharp that he will kickoff and may punt too.

It has been since Cary Blanchard back in 1988 that Oklahoma State had a kicker handling all three disciplines (PAT/field goals, kickoffs, and punts).

Bailey will definitely handle the kicking, but special teams coordinator and associate head coach Joe DeForest said he is considering both Bailey and left-footed punter Michael Reichenstein for the punting chores. Warm-ups on Wednesday night may be the final decision maker.

What is Gundy Looking For?
As he has previously stated, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is going to take his time in finding his next offensive coordinator. The search will pick up after the bowl game and in the first week of January.

There are all kinds of scenarios that could play out with this hire, from inside the program to outside the program to a single coordinator to co-coordinators. One thing is certain, Gundy is likely to hire a coach that is more conservative in personality to continue to coach this wide open spread attack.

In other words, look for the plan to stay the same but the man directing the plan to be a little different than the previous coordinator.

Dana Holgorsen was different than just about any coach that we have seen at Oklahoma State and that difference may be part of the secret to his success. Our guess is his schooling in the offense and a really high football IQ had more to do with it. Holgorsen is a coach that admits to conforming sometimes, but Gundy may be looking for a coach that conforms more often.

Still the Old Man
Quarterback Brandon Weeden can't get away from the fact that he is 27 years old and the oldest man on the team. His teammates like following a grown up, said offensive tackle Levy Adcock, according to one his protectors.

"It's been great, really, cause he's the grownup on the team," said Adcock. "He stepped right into the leadership role. He already knew what was going on, he'd been around the block a few times. Everybody already knew who the leader of our team was. It was nice."

Adcock says there are other times that Weeden is just one of the guys, and acts as young as they are.

"You can just tell, when we're in the locker room and everything, he just seems like another 21-year-old man, that's about it." added the offensive tackle. "You don't even notice he's 27, he's just like a regular player."


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