Sunday Rewind: Gundy Talks QBs

The numbers are pretty obvious. Zac Robinson stepped in Saturday night to guide an offense that stumbled early, was missing its top tailback (Dantrell Savage), was without a promising young wide receiver (Dez Bryant) on scoring drives of 77, 78, 77 and 67 yards. Robinson completed 11 of his first 13 passes and finished 14 of 20 for 250 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.

He also ran for 20 yards on five carries. All in all, Robinson looked like you wanted him to and played how the Cowboys needed him to in order to beat an out-manned but pretty good defensive Florida Atlantic team 42-6.

In his playing stint before going out with what looked like a slight injury, Reid was 2-of-5 passing for 5 yards with several throws into the turf. He had run effectively and, in fact, that is what he was doing when he was hurt. Reid had 32 yards on four carries for 8.0-yards per carry.

Now the debate is on. Cowboy fans had done some slight booing early in the game, likely directed at Reid as those tremors of dissatisfaction came right after the passes into the turf. They cheered Robinson. It took only seconds in the teleconference that head coach Mike Gundy grants the media on Sunday for the question to be asked: Who is his quarterback now?

"I think he'll (Reid) practice today," said Gundy. "You don't lose your position because of injury. It (the play of both quarterbacks) was what we thought after the game."

Gundy said having two quarterbacks is an advantage. Being able to play them both at the same time is an advantage he wants to keep in the offense, but he is not going to play two quarterbacks at the quarterback position consistently.

"I don't want to do that," said Gundy. "I think you have to have continuity there. Quarterback is a lot different from any other position. You can shuttle wide receivers or tailbacks, but not at quarterback."

As he did Saturday night, Gundy bragged on Robinson and how he has stayed prepared to go in despite not having many reps in game situations. Robinson had approximately 85 snaps last season, primarily in the Texas A&M and Oklahoma games.

As of Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, with a practice held late Sunday afternoon Bobby Reid is the starting quarterback at Oklahoma State. You can debate it, I can debate it (which I'm not), but the head coach doesn't debate, and he's the one making the decision.

As for the rest of the game and the performance of the Cowboy squad, Gundy was encouraged but still is demanding improvement in certain areas. Troy is a better team than Florida Atlantic, and after challenging some good teams on the road (Arkansas 46-26 and Florida 59-31) will be coming home for their annual run at knocking off a BCS conference team in the friendly (for Troy) confines of Movie Gallery Stadium.

Troy only trailed Arkansas 23-17 early in the fourth quarter, while Saturday night Florida led 49-7 at the half. Troy has athletes and OSU has a short week with a travel day. The improvement in those areas Gundy believes are needed will have to come quickly this week.

Offensive Line: "We need to be a better run-blocking team," said Gundy. "As last year progressed we became more physical up front, and even on down-and-distance when opponents thought we'd run the ball we were able to run the ball."

Defensive Line: "We're playing OK. Average," said Gundy. "We have to clean some things up, but they are playing hard. We need to be a better pass-rushing team."

Defense as a whole: "We tackled better and didn't get out of place as much," said Gundy. "We still need to get better. Patrick Lavine played well, Marque Fountain played pretty good and Andre Sexton was in the right place and made plays."

Freshman Kendall Hunter: "Yes, he did (play good)," said Gundy. "He was what I thought he was. He can make plays in space."

Work for Troy started with a 3:30 p.m. team meeting and practice that followed. As for decisions or any changes with regards to quarterback, my best guess with Gundy is you will find out when you turn on ESPN2 at 7:05 p.m. Friday.

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