Reid, who will be making his second start for the Cowboys, went 26-1 as the starting quarterback at North Shore High School in Galena Park, Texas, and won his first start as a college quarterback in Oklahoma State's 20-10 victory over Arkansas State on Sept. 17. Reid and the Cowboys' new no-huddle, spread offense was anything but spectacular against Arkansas State (he threw for 148 yards and a touchdown on 8 of 21 passing, and rushed for 18 yards) but it still produced OSU's third win of the season.
But Reid has never faced a defense like the one he'll face when the Buffaloes visit Stillwater on Saturday for the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.
"From what I've seen on tape and the game I watched on Saturday (against Miami), they're a pretty physical team, pretty big, good speed," Reid said. "The defensive line is good, the linebackers are terrific, (and) the secondary is even better. Every defense has a weakness, you just have to work hard to try to find it."
That's where Reid comes into play – or should I say, has to make some plays – especially with the OSU receivers under-achieving and no one stepping up to take control at tailback through the first three games. Reid, without a doubt, is the Cowboys' best offensive weapon.
"Bobby is going to have to run the ball for us. We all know that," OSU first-year head coach Mike Gundy said. "But you don't want him to run the ball so much that he keeps getting hit."
Reid said the Cowboys' off week came at a good time. "On offense we just need to continue to work hard, and that hard work will pay off eventually," he said. "I think every day I'm learning bits and pieces (of the new offense). I'm still learning what I can do in certain situations, learning new things every day."
How soon does Reid expect to feel comfortable running the no-huddle, spread offense? "To tell you the truth, I really, really do not know. It might take a year or so, but like I said I'm going to continue to work hard and get better and try to help my team out."
Reid, whose last lose as a starting quarterback came in November of 2002 when North Shore lost in the second round of the Texas high school Class 5A playoffs, knows that improvement had better come sooner rather than later.
"I sometimes call myself a sore loser. I hate losing," he said. "I just zone out when we lose. I really hate the feeling. That's just the way I grew up. Nobody likes losing."
Reid remembers that last loss like it was yesterday. "It took me a whole week (to get over it)," he said. "We lost and the next week was the Thanksgiving holiday. I was in my house, in my room, for the whole week. Finally my momma made me go spend the night at one of my teammate's house. I was getting on her nerves."
Reid: I'm A Sore Loser
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