Big 12 Media Days: Gundy Stirs It Up

The Oklahoma State contingent on Big 12 Media Days was an interesting group with head coach Mike Gundy leading the way, comparing himself to Britney Spears when asked to reflect on his first decade as head coach at his alma mater.

"I couldn't be any more proud of who we are and the direction that we're going," Gundy said. "But it has changed considerably just like walking in right now, I felt like Britney Spears walking in here with all the cameras the pictures. When I walked in the first year I'm not sure that a lot of people didn't think I wasn't working at the hotel."

On his team, Gundy kept pulling out a roster because he was stressing that so many of the key players that are both first and second string on the two-deep are young and unknown.

At linebacker, Gundy said freshmen will play by default. He did not name a starting quarterback but repeated over and over that J.W. Walsh took most of the first team reps in the spring. It will be Walsh, barring injuries, that will start versus Florida State. Gundy calls that game with the Seminoles a major challenge but admits his players are excited.

Kevin Peterson wouldn't say he was upset by not being voted on the Big 12 media preseason all-conference team. He should be when coaches around the league recognize that he is one of if not the best cover guy in the conference.

Linebacker Ryan Simmons agreed that he may be the most critical leader on the team outside the coaching staff because of the youth and inexperience around him at linebacker.

He said they are young but he's excited that junior college transfer All-American Devante Averette may be back from a spring knee injury and surgery. We've heard it called an amazing rehab. Gundy confirmed it could happen although they will be careful and not put Averette at risk. Simmons calls Averette a "dog" and that is in a good way as very determined.

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