Sunday Rewind: Gundy Talks QBs, Running Backs

A major topic of conversation right off the bat during Mike Gundy's Sunday evening teleconference with the reporters covering Oklahoma State football was the quarterback position. In the 24-10 win over TCU on Saturday, the Cowboys defense and special teams were the headliners. But for fans the biggest headline was a second quarter change in quarterback.

J.W. Walsh, named the starter since the opener with Mississippi State, threw a second interception with the Cowboys inside the Horned Frogs 10-yard line. Walsh was 9-of-18 passing with two interceptions at that point for 115 yards.

Gundy brought in Clint Chelf, who played the rest of the game, and finished 10-of-25 passing with one interception (on his first pass attempt) for 178 yards. After the game Gundy said the Cowboys coaches would look at film and evaluate during the week to decide who would start against Iowa State. Not much changed after watching video.

"We wouldn't publicly name one," said Gundy somewhat predictably. "We'll let those guys practice and then we'll see how it goes this week and then decide how we want to approach Iowa State.

"We're not going to change our reps. They split reps. They have for quite a while, so we don't have to change any of that. We'll just evaluate them during the week and then how we feel like our matchups are against Iowa State and then just move forward the same way."

Jimmie Tramel of the Tulsa World asked Gundy about the way the two quarterbacks have handled the flux situation at their position.

"They do a great job. They are quality kids," said Gundy. "One of the changes in the future of what happens in today's world of college football, it's different than it ever has been.

"It's one of the areas that could be susceptible to an issue and you hope it plays out the way you want it to and that way you can kind of keep going with your team. It's just one of the things that happens. There are just so many questions and things out there compared to the way it used to be."

At running back, the Cowboys introduced Rennie Childs in the third quarter. Childs, a freshman from Houston Cypress Ridge High School, had six carries for 15 yards before Saturday. Childs came in when the Cowboys had struggled running the football on the vaunted TCU defense and exploded with a hard-running style for 45 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. "But he will certainly get all of his reps this week and we will watch him close. Our running backs get a lot of reps in practice and he will not be cut short on anything in practice this week."

Gundy said the offensive line played average. He said he has felt that the offensive line has been average or a little below average all season.

"We've had more injuries and that has caused us to play musical chairs, and that is not easy on the continuity of the offensive line," answered the head coach when asked if this has been the most challenging year for offensive line coach Joe Wickline.

Gundy again credited the defense and he was complimentary saying most all of the defenders are playing well. But he also pointed out that the best is yet to come when you are looking at opposition and what is ahead on the Cowboys schedule.

"We've got a pretty good run the next month and a half," he said.

Finally, asked about what he thought of backup wide receiver John Goodlett's block on TCU safety Sam Carter late on the record 95-yard punt return by Josh Stewart, Gundy had to have smiled.

"He did very well because he locked on his guy and then his responsibility was to start chasing the ball, so he stayed between the defender and the ballcarrier and then he turned around a 180 (degrees) and went the other direction and continued to do the same thing," started Gundy.

"Josh was weaving his way through and then he turned again 180 and Goodlett knocked him (Carter) down on his back. So it was one of the better plays of the game."

That puts a wrap on TCU. Although we really don't know who the quarterback will be and whether the new freshman hard charger will get more reps, it is time to move on to Iowa State. The Cyclones were a 71-7 loser at Baylor on Saturday night.

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