Donovan Woods Q&A

It was difficult to tell when visiting with Donovan Woods earlier this week whether Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy had named Woods or Bobby Reid the Cowboys' starting quarterback for Saturday night's season opener against Montana State. Woods was calm, cool and collected – like he always is – when the media descended upon him Monday. Although he admitted to being excited about being named the starting quarterback, you sure couldn't tell it by listening to him.

Question: Are you to the point now where you're just ready to get out there and play against somebody else?
DW: Yes. Yes.

Question: What's the difference in your confidence level this week as compared to a year ago?
DW: I think playing in games definitely helps, especially if you're successful. And I feel like that some of the things we did last year I was successful at. Others were not as successful. As far as my confidence goes, last year definitely helped me, and I'm looking forward to this year.

Question: How do you explain this offense to the Cowboy fans who have yet to see it?
DW: Really we're doing the same things. You know, we're really doing the same things that every other offense in the country does, except we're going to probably do it at a faster pace. That's probably the only difference. We're going to do things up tempo.

Question: Without a huddle?
DW: Yeah.

Question: Is this the perfect offense for you?
DW: I don't know. I think I can probably play in any offense. So it really wouldn't matter if it was no-huddle, Texas Tech or triple option.

Question: How important was last Saturday night's walk through inside Boone Pickens Stadium?
DW: It was really important. I can see why coach Gundy was so concerned with so many young guys, and making sure they understand what we have to do and where we have to be. You don't realize how important that stuff is until we got out here and messed quite a few things up. You realize this stuff is important because we don't need to have those type of distractions on game day. It was good to get out here and have a lot of the young guys go through everything and understand what was going on. Some things were a little different (than last year) so some of the older guys probably learned some things also.

Question: What did you think of the turf?
DW: It's as advertised.

Question: How important is it to open the season at home for the first time since 1999?
DW: It's always fun to play in front of the sea of orange at Boone Pickens. I'm excited about it.

Question: The media has made such a big deal of the quarterback race since the spring. How did you deal with it and did it bother you?
DW: I think I've just kinda gotten used to it. Everybody keeps talking about it, so you just get used to it.

Question: Do you get tired of it?
DW: No, not really. You just get used to it.

Question: What type of threat do you think you and Bobby will be since it sounds like it's going to be a two-quarterback rotation for a while?
DW: It's obvious both guys are talented. We're both dual-threat guys but we have different styles. I think we'll just have to wait and see.

Question: Have you enjoyed the competition and the attention that it's attracted?
DW: You know I'm kind of a low-key guy, so all these cameras and stuff make me a little nervous. But I guess I must be doing something right if everybody wants to talk to me.

Question: Has the biggest challenge of the new offense been getting the plays in without a huddle?
DW: >Yes, it definitely has. The quarterbacks aren't the only ones learning the signals; everyone has to know the signals. We had some rough times learning them, not only quarterbacks but receivers because things can get messed up and signals can get miscommunicated or misinterpreted and when you have guys that have never done it before it's definitely a different deal, especially when you have to know all of your responsibilities. As soon as you get all those things clicking it turns into some that's pretty special.

Question: Have you and Bobby talked about the quarterback decision announced Monday?
DW: We talked about it a little bit, just between me and Bobby. We just kind of play things out with each other.

Question: Can you talk a little bit about the offense? I know you don't want to give away a lot, but is it safe to assume you'll throw more than eight passes like you did in last year's opener?
DW: Actually, I threw it seven times last year. Hopefully, we'll throw more than seven this year. Hopefully we'll throw it more times and have a little bit more excitement out there.

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