From The Coordinator: Yurcich Wants Variety

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has some pleasant problems on his plate. The Cowboys scored 31 points against the top defense in the country last season and they threw the ball reasonably well against one of the best secondaries in college football in a long, long time.

Yurcich would like to strike for more big plays in the passing game, but last Saturday J.W. Walsh was on the mark with his deep throws. You just have to give Florida State's P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby, Jalen Ramsey, and Nate Andrews credit. Those guys closed on open receivers and defended the ball and the receivers trying to catch it very physically.

Walsh said it will help the offense the rest of the season with the experience of playing the Seminoles early.

"It's all about preparation and trying to improve. Whether you win or lose, the next day is an opportunity to get better, so that's our outlook and that's what we try to do," Yurcich said of the process of coming off a loss and preparing to win a game. "The focus is on a great effort and a positive attitude. We're going to try to go out and get better, and Tuesday is our next opportunity to do that."

Yurcich knows he has a solid receiver corps. He is positive now that he has solid running backs and one absolute speed demon and home-run threat in Tyreek Hill.

The Cowboys used their running game heavy early and finished with 60 percent called runs and 40 percent passes. This week will allow the Cowboys to look for even greater balance in playing at home and hosting Missouri State.

"I think you're always trying to balance yourself up," Yurcich explained to the media on Monday. "Regardless of what package it is, what you're trying to do is complement yourself and take it to the next stage. At the same time, there's a fine line between overloading people and trying to do too much to where you're taking a step back and guys are having to think and re-learn.

"You don't want that, so you've got to be careful on the amount that you put in and make sure that what you do put in is complementary. That's really important. It is fun to have weapons around you. Tyreek Hill is not the only one. I think we're playing as a whole and as a unit, and that's really important."

As for what could happen this week. I would look to see more players play across the board. Both sides of the ball need to build some depth. The offensive line needs to play some back-ups and truly see what they have.

More receivers should play and some that did play against the Seminoles need to play some more. Yes, Daxx Garman and maybe even Mason Rudolph should play some.

I don't know what it is but fans can't seem to credit J.W. Walsh with anything other that running with the football. Walsh threw well on Saturday, even dealt with some drops and was on the money with a deep ball in the fourth quarter that FSU had to commit pass interference to keep from being a go-ahead score.

"I thought he was pretty good," Yurcich said of Walsh. "I think he did a nice job managing the football game. He got us into some good plays and got us out of a few bad plays with his audibles at the line of scrimmage. He understands the game very well.

"He has to secure the ball at the end of the game, obviously. He knows that. For the most part, I was very pleased with his competitiveness, his leadership and great effort."

And his passing, you can go ahead and say it. Walsh throws the ball pretty well. I believe the variety will be nice because he can run a balanced outfit.


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