In the spread system, pace of play is largely predicated by the receiving corps. And with guys like James Washington, Marcell Ateman, Jalen McCleskey and LSU transfer Tyron Johnson, Oklahoma State has the deepest receiving corps in the conference, if not the country. Coach Mike Gundy plans to use that to their advantage next season.
“We’ll play them all and we’ll play fast,” Gundy told the media. “They give us a luxury that we had in the years that we had (Justin) Blackmon and those guys. We could play them in groups of three or four at a time, let them play four or five plays and then get them out and put another group in.”
Gundy is clearly referencing the 2011 team here. You know, the team that pushed pace of play to break neck speeds and nearly made it into the National Title game, but settled for a Fiesta Bowl win over an Andrew Luck led Stanford team.
Since that year though, the Cowboys have been forced to change up their offense. There was a myriad of problems, but it boiled down to that they simply didn’t have the personnel to run at that tempo any longer. So, under new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, they transitioned to more of a heavy spread system.
They have had some recent success in the new offensive system though, but with a myriad of receiver talent, and returning QB Mason Rudolph, it looks like coach Gundy is going to blow the dust off the Dana Holgorsen/Todd Monken playbook and once again, push the pace of play.
“There’s a chance that we could play with four wide outs more than we have in recent years because of that,” Gundy said. “But we’re going to try to play fast and use that to our advantage.”