However, the work that head coach Mike Gundy and his staff can get done with their feet hitting the ground running on Thursday when the long recruiting dead period ends will be critical.
First, there are a number of running backs, some undecided and some committed, that Oklahoma State wants to get in front of and see if they have a chance with. The losses of speedster Tyreek Hill the week after the Bedlam game to a domestic violence incident, senior Desmond Roland and of former commitment Ronald Jones has left a critical void of certainly experience and quite possibly enough talent to man that position.
Like quarterback, with running back being a physical and targeted position you normally need three or four to successfully make it through a season.
Junior college standout Chris Carson of Butler Community College and a Georgia native that is committed verbally to the Bulldogs has said he plans to see Gundy on Thursday when coaches can go out for the first time again on the road. You know that running backs coach Jemal Singleton will also be on the road and quite possibly new defensive secondary assistant Dan Hammerschmidt, who most recently coached and recruited running backs for Houston, could be assisting. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich might be on the way to see a running back as well.
The Cowboys are also expected to see Cedar Hill, Texas State champion team member and talented running back Aca'cedric Ware for a visit this weekend too. Ware, who rushed for over 2,300 yards this season, is verbally committed to USC, the same school that plucked Jones from the Cowboys commitment list. The Trojans have three backs currently on their pledge sheet.
Watch on Thursday as the Cowboys coaching staff will be out and they will likely be moving fast and with great purpose as "Tailback U." needs some new students at that position.