Offensive Line Help Is Necessary

If I were Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich I might not even punch up the offensive video from last night's Texas loss. I would get the offensive unit in there as a whole and throw up the video from the season opening 36-31 loss to still unbeaten and 26-game win streak owner Florida State.

I know that the difference in quarterback with J.W. Walsh then leading the Cowboys offense is cavernous compared to the offense now with Daxx Garman. I can't help but remind so many out there in our audience how they were asking for Garman to play. That would go in the category of be careful what you wish for.

Yes, the offense is different but on that September night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington the offensive line played their butts off against a really physically talented Florida State defense. The Seminoles have as good a front seven group as you will find in the Big 12, comparable to the Texas group that dominated Oklahoma State last night.

The biggest difference, from a scheme standpoint, is FSU played it really basic and straight up front and others since have shown Oklahoma State's young and challenged offensive line a number of looks, stunts, and blitzes.

I can't help but think there would be some confidence recognized by how the Cowboys played that night even with a different quarterback. Walsh and his ability to run can be an equalizer and the offense misses that but a reminder of the effort put out that night could help.

In the meantime, the players on this line, minus seniors Daniel Koenig and Chris Grisbhy who are finishing up their time in the program, might want to show some signs that they will be part of the solutions in the future on the offensive line. There were plays last night against Texas that while the Longhorns are really talented up front, the offensive line play was awful.

The motto in recruiting is to always go out and recruit better than you have and on the offensive line for Oklahoma State that would appear to be necessary and relatively easy at this point. Now, I can confirm it is not as easy as you think. The necessary part is critical for the future and the immediate future unless Zac Veatch, Michael Wilson, Paul Lewis, Zach Crabtree or Brad Lundblade step up in the remaining games and show signs of being part of the solution.


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