Big 12 Media Days: First Day Answers

Coming into the Big 12 Football Media Days I wrote that there were some answers that I was seeking from each to the schools. Here is the check on how those questions were answered.

Oklahoma State
How will they navigate the APR practice penalty? Will it be eliminating that Sunday workout like we thought? How did the chemistry develop this summer? What are the options at linebacker and is Devante Averette really as close as I've heard?

Answers: Mike Gundy wasn't definite but he sure hinted that the Cowboys will either drop the light Sunday workout or perhaps the Friday walk through. You really don't do much in either. Where it will really hurt is vacating an entire day on the schedule. Gundy made it clear his teams have used 19.25 hours a week and will only be forfeiting an hour and 15 minutes, but it is that day that will count more.

Chemistry looks like it has been good and leaders have been developed and are strong, according to Gundy and the players.

The options at linebacker include true freshmen and yes, the rumors are true that Devante Averette could be back.

What will the Bears do at linebacker and how confident are they in the back end of the defense? Does Art Briles believe that if his team finds a way to beat OU in Norman that their schedule is strong enough to get them in the College Football Playoff?

Answers: Bryce Hager says he has some solid teammates at linebacker but he will miss Eddie Lackey. The back end of the defense is a concern, but there is some very athletic talent. Yes, Briles feels his team can win in Norman and can make it into the college football playoff. In fact, Briles engaged in a cross country feud with Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who said the Big 12 needs to have a conference championship game. It was good stuff.

Why did Charlie Weis hire former OSU grad assistant and Rice offensive coordinator John Reagan as offensive coordinator? Why did he name Cozart the starting quarterback after spring and is it still a good thing that he did?

Answers: Weis hired Reagan because he wanted an offensive coordinator with a background in no huddle spread and that coaches offensive line. Reagan, a former Oklahoma State graduate assistant, fit the bill. He's good with Cozart and developing confidence was a huge reason for the early announcement.

How is Gary Patterson enjoying the Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie led offense? Will practicing against the no huddle spread help that TCU defense? Who will quarterback the Horned Frogs and does the freshman Foster Sawyer have a chance to be the guy?

Answers: Yes, Patterson likes what he has seen but it was not near the finished product in spring. Patterson said players have told him the summer workouts have been faster and better. Safety Sam Carter said it is bound to help the defense seeing the spread at a high tempo all the time. The talk is Trevone Boykin is not surrendering the QB job.

Texas Tech
What will the Red Raiders do for a back-up quarterback? How is Kliff Kingsbury feeling about the all new secondary he will tow into Big 12 play? Can Texas Tech beat somebody from the upper half of the conference?

Answers: It will be the freshman from Whitehouse in Patrick Mahomes that will back up starting quarterback Davis Webb. The secondary is shaky and they may start one, even two true freshmen and that is tough. Yes, Tech is confident they will beat a bunch of teams in the upper division, but so is Kansas.

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