The Cowboy backs will touch the ball some but will often be asked to do dirty work in giving up their bodies to block all over the field, and will be the difference makers between average plays and good or great plays. McEndoo showed plenty of energy on the road in Oklahoma and in East Texas during the spring recruiting evaluation period.
Now, as camp prepares to get underway on Tuesday, he told us he is even more geared up because he has his family settling in.
"I got the job and Coach Gundy hired me back in February and when you get the job you don't think of four months down the road, but it was a long four months between spring practice and recruiting and camps," McEndoo explained of the moving process.
"My family was still in Montana and I got chance to go back a couple of times and they came down here. That really puts a tax on your family, so it is nice to be down here officially. We're all moved in and all unpacking boxes. I'll tell you that I don't know how some coaches do this six, seven, eight times because this is my first move in 12 years and I'm still trying to unpack boxes and find where stuff is. We are so glad to be in Stillwater."
McEndoo told us the other day at the football media golf event that when he was asked about his business cards he was trying to decide what position to put down that he coached and was asked to come up with a hybrid title for coaching tight ends and fullbacks in this offense. He came up with Cowboy backs and Gundy liked it so it stuck.
For McEndoo it is an opportunity to advance his coaching career and add an important line on his resume and knowledge for his coaching future.
"I think my ultimate goal would be to be an offensive coordinator or a head coach someday, but I think my next step is what I am doing here at Oklahoma State and that is being involved in the pass game and having a working knowledge of the route structure and coaching a skill position," the big, friendly coach explained.
"I've learned a lot at this stage playing on the offensive line in college and the NFL and then coaching offensive line the last 12 years and knowing how to block the run game, pass protection. Now getting to coach skill position like the Cowboy backs with a lot of things going on is great experience so far and learning all about the passing game. It is also good to go from an FCS school to a power five conference school, (from the) Big Sky Conference to the Big 12 and Oklahoma State."
McEndoo's enthusiasm and football knowledge has and will continue to help, but his most lasting imprint on the Oklahoma State program may be in the players he brings in. Crossing a swollen creek by boat in May in East Texas showed he is willing to do whatever it takes within the rules in recruiting.
"You are always recruiting and always trying to find talent to bring into the program and what we are offering in our program right now to the guys I'm coaching is a multi-faceted and multi-used position where you can play tight end, spread out, be in the backfield and be used in a variety of ways from blocking to catching passes to even taking a handoff," McEndoo said enthusiastically.
"I love selling that but also selling all positions and opportunities in our program. We (Cowboy backs) are evolving and elevating it to a new level to be an integral part of the offense."
Another interesting aspect of his position and the players he is coaching is that three of them are walk-ons, two that have earned scholarships now, and the other three came in on scholarship. The pride and work ethic with his players is high.
"You are exactly right, Robert. In all my time at Montana State we were used to bringing in non-scholarship guys into the program and had guys that earned full scholarships," McEndoo elaborated on that walk-on attitude. "I love those guys because they are the blue-collar guys, the lunch-pail guys, and all of our guys are like that whether they came in on a scholarship like Zac Veatch, who played tight end moved to offensive guard and then back to tight end, or the walk-on guys like Jeremy Seaton, Blake Jarwin, and Britton Abbott."
McEndoo will fun to watch during games this season. He has the mentality of coach but he has the youthful exuberance of a player. He should not be hard to spot, especially after a big play or a touchdown.