Leftovers: Running Quarterbacks, Ryan Simmons Returns and Bed Checks

first_imgSTILLWATER — Media availabilities have come fast and heavy early in the Cowboys’ fall camp schedule.Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy most recently met with reporters Tuesday, here are a few tidbits he put out there that didn’t exactly fit anywhere else.Mobile GunslingersApparently Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown have made some plays with their feet in fall camp thus far.The topic of running quarterbacks got brought up after Tuesday’s practice, as OSU has two of them competing for a starting job. Spencer Sanders is an athletic specimen. He ran for 1,380 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior in high school, eclipsing the century mark eight times in 2017.Brown is no slouch either, though. As a sophomore at Hawaii, Brown rushed for 306 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.  He took a step back in terms of running the football as a junior, but still got into the end zone twice on the ground. He ran for six scores his freshman season at the College of San Mateo.It’s good training for the OSU defense. On Tuesday Jim Knowles said it’s something his group has struggled a bit with thus far in camp, but the OSU defense showed improvement Tuesday, picking out linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga as a guy who has gotten better.“These guys move around really well,” Gundy said. “Spencer ran the ball a lot in high school and had a lot of success, and Dru is pretty active himself. He’s much more elusive than what you would think. Toughest thing for a defense to do, contain the quarterback. We don’t have one for him. You try to match up in coverage and zones then the quarterback takes off and runs, it can be an issue.”Ryan Simmons Returns as Prospect AnalystFormer Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons has returned to Stillwater.Simmons, from Cibolo, Texas, is a prospect analyst on Gundy’s staff. Gundy seemed excited to have him back in orange and black.“He understands our culture,” Gundy said. “He’s been here. He’s had success. He’s graduated. He loves OSU. He wants to be here. He’s doing great for us in the recruiting office. It’s so easy for me to hire guys who have been here because I know them. He’s a perfect fit for our program.”Hutton and Bed ChecksTom Hutton is a fantastic follow on Twitter.Whether it’s him booting balls to the moon or cracking jokes, most of the 29-year-old Aussie freshman’s post are top tier. A few days ago he put out this gem:Well we can now add “Someone knocking on my door each night to ensure I’m sticking to my bed time” to the list of things I never thought I’d experience as a married 29 year old. #FallCamp— Tom Hutton (@tomhutton25) August 2, 2019“We probably don’t need to bed check Tom anymore,” Gundy said. “He’s 29. He’s worked five years at a paper mill 10 hours a day, so he somewhat understands going to bed at night.”It looks as if Hutton is Gundy’s guy heading into the season at punter. If Hutton stays in Stillwater all four seasons, he’ll be a 32 year old on a team with 18 year olds.“Tom is doing real well,” Gundy said. “It’d be hard for him to not be the punter. He’s just so explosive with his leg. At this point he’s going well.” While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img