The Challenges of Recruiting Cowboy Backs

first_imgCoach Mike Gundy signed five tight ends in the 2008 recruiting class. He signed zero the following three years.“It’s turned a full circle,” Gundy said at Big 12 Media Days. “Years ago, you never saw an offense without one. Then nobody was using one.”Oklahoma State included.Over the next few years, Zac Veatch moved from fullback/tight end to offensive lineman and back again, and Keenen Brown went from receiver to cowboy back. It wasn’t until 2015 that cowboy back even became a recruited position.Coach Jason McEndoo was pulled on board from Montana State, where he ran the offensive line, and was told to get creative.AdChoices广告Over the three-plus years the cowboy back position has been in existence, players as short as 5-foot-10 Luke Hupp or as tall as 6-foot-5 Baron Odom have been raked onto the roster. This outlines a challenge OSU faces in attempting to bring players to be successful at a position that doesn’t exist anywhere in high school football.As of the 2017 roster, only four of the eight cowboy backs were offered a formal scholarship out of high school, and two of them were in the most recent class.“It’s really kinda of hard to find ’em and come up with enough to recruit,” Gundy said.True and false. There are invariably fewer fullbacks and tight ends than almost every other position out there. But when you look at only the states OSU has pulled these types of players from, there are still 24 uncommitted players of at least a two-star rating, according to 247 Sports. That includes recent decommit Nic McTear from Frisco Heritage and his could-be replacement James Palmer out of Westmoore.That’s not a massive pool, but it’s probably enough. One reason it’s not huge though is because of the allure of the position — or lack thereof.“There’s not a lot of guys who are fired up about playing fullback or tight end in high school,” Gundy said. “If they have the body structure, they’d rather go over and play defensive end.”Case and point: Cole Walterscheid. Tight end was Walterscheid’s primary position at Muenster High School, mostly because he only weighed about 210 pounds at 6-5.That happens a lot and it rarely goes the other way.“James Castleman, of course he was bigger,” Gundy said. “When we recruited him, he was 245 pounds. He ended up being 300, but he was that type of body structure. We didn’t know he was gonna be 300 pounds.”It didn’t matter anyway.Poor No. 9.Gundy said current defensive end Jarrell Owens is that same body structure. He played running back in high school but hasn’t ran a snap of offense, unless you count the one on defense.Wild play alert courtesy of @CowboyFB defense.#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/9wNohKypWe— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 22, 2016As for those who will own the position this season, Gundy still believes the cowboy back, on its face, brings an entirely new facet to the offense other positions cannot.“You have the ability to run a seven-man running play and a five-man passing play with that guy in the game,” Gundy said. “Part of the success with our running game was because of Justice (Hill), but the other part of it was because of our cowboy backs.” 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 read more

Breaking Down Mike Gundy’s 104 Wins

first_imgWhile 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. One-hundred and four wins. An astonishing number. That’s 42 more than Pat Jones who was the previous record holder in Oklahoma State coaching history. Gundy is more than a full Jimmy Johnson (30-25-2) ahead of Jones, and there is no sign of slowing down any time soon.There have been blowouts (Savannah) and nail-biters (all the Kansas State games). There have been ugly, slogging affairs (Montana State). There have been barn-burning shootouts (every Tech game). There have been unranked road wins and highly-ranked home losses. When you’ve coached 154 games in your career there will be a little bit of everything.So let’s look at them. How good is Gundy on the road against the spread? What about at home when getting 3+ turnovers? What about in bowl games? We did this exercise last year before Gundy topped the century mark, and it was a lot of fun so I thought we should bring it back this season before the games get cranking. A look at Gundy’s 104 wins in a variety of ways. Most data came from Team Rankings or CFB Reference. Also, if you have requests, send them and we can try to figure them out for a follow-up post.AdChoices广告OverallHome: 60-19 (80%)Road: 34-25 (58%)Neutral: 10-6 (63%)Conference: 63-39 (62%)Non-Conference: 41-11 (79%)Bowls: 7-4 (64%)Homecoming: 8-4 (66%)As a FavoriteOverall: 80-12 (87%)Home: 48-6 (89%)Road: 25-5 (83%)As an UnderdogOverall: 17-38 (31%)Home: 6-13 (32%)Road: 9-20 (31%)Coming off a …Loss: 27-18 (60%)Win: 65-30 (68%)Bye: 17-13 (57%)Against the SpreadAs home favorite: 34-20 (63%)As road favorite: 17-11-2 (61%)As home dog: 8-10-1 (44%)As road dog: 13-16 (45%)When scoring …19 or less: 1-13 (7%)20 or more: 103-37 (74%)30 or more: 91-18 (83%)40 or more: 57-4 (93%)50 or more: 31-0 (100%)60 or more: 11-0 (100%)When holding teams to …20 or less: 54-0 (100%)30 or less: 78-9 (90%)40 or less: 100-24 (81%)50 or less: 103-43 (71%)60 or less: 104-48 (68%)When getting __ turnovers0: 6-11 (35%)1 or more: 98-39 (72%)2 or more: 71-22 (76%)3 or more: 49-6 (89%)4 or more: 20-1 (95%)5 or more: 9-1 (90%)When rushing for __ yards per carry2.9 or less: 10-11 (48%)3 or more: 94-38 (71%4 or more: 68-25 (73%)5 or more: 43-17 (72%)6 or more: 24-5 (83%)7 or more: 13-0 (100%)When throwing __ passes in a game19 or fewer: 5-0 (100%)20 or more: 99-50 (66%)30 or more: 63-28 (69%)40 or more: 27-17 (61%)50 or more: 4-7 (36%)RankingsAs top 10 team: 16-8 (66%)Against top 10 teams: 6-15 (29%)Against top 25 teams: 20-30 (40%)Against top 25 teams at home: 12-14 (46%)Against top 25 teams on the road/neutral: 8-16 (33%)last_img read more

Seattle Sounders land Peruvian striker Ruidiaz

first_imgTransfers Seattle Sounders land Peruvian striker Ruidiaz as designated player Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:26 6/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raul Ruidiaz Peru 03282018 Jeff Zelevansky Transfers Seattle Sounders MLS The Cascadia side will be boosted by the Peru international, who has a prolific scoring record at club level The Seattle Sounders have announced the signing of Peruvian striker Raul Ruidiaz as a designated player from Liga MX side Morelia.As Goal reported earlier this month, Seattle has landed the 27-year-old who boasts a prolific scoring record in Mexico’s top flight.Ruidiaz will join the MLS side directly from Russia, where he made two substitute appearances for Peru in a World Cup campaign that saw the South Americans eliminated at the group stage.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “We are thrilled to complete the signing of our top designated player target in Raul Ruidíaz,” Sounders FC general manager Garth Lagerwey said in a club release.“Collectively, we were relentless in our pursuit of Raul because he is a proven difference-maker at the highest levels of the game. Wherever he has played, he has made his teams better, scoring well over 100 professional goals in the process.”To make room for Ruidiaz on its roster, Seattle used targeted allocation money to lower the salary budget charge of midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, who will no longer occupy a designated player spot. Ruidiaz, Nicolas Lodeiro and Clint Dempsey are now the Sounders’ three designated players. Ruidiaz has been one of the top scorers in Mexico since joining Morelia in 2016. He was top scorer in both the 2016 Apertura and 2017 Clausura, and his 40 goals in the past two years trail only Tigres striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who has netted 41. The Peru international will be a welcome addition for a Seattle side that is dead-last in goals scored in MLS with just 11 in 14 matches. Ruidiaz has been capped 31 times by Peru, scoring four goals. At club level, he has also represented Universitario in Peru, Brazilian club Coritiba and Chilean side Universidad de Chile.last_img read more

England should be dreaming of glory – Rooney

first_imgWorld Cup England should be dreaming of World Cup win – Rooney Goal 17:02 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Jesse Lingard England Getty Images World Cup England Colombia v England Colombia The 32-year-old sees the potential and talent in the Three Lions squad before they take on Colombia in their second round tie Former England captain Wayne Rooney believes the country is right to start “dreaming” of winning the World Cup this year.Confidence has grown in the Three Lions camp after they started the competition with wins over Tunisia and Panama, before losing out on first place in their group to Belgium.Gareth Southgate’s team will face Colombia in the last 16 on Tuesday, and players like Dele Alli and Danny Welbeck believe they pose a strong threat to all contenders in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar And Rooney, who retired from the England team after Euro 2016, believes they are right to fancy their chances of going far.”I think we should be dreaming now,” he told ESPN.”It’s early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup – whether we go out [on Tuesday] or we go on and win it – the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads.”I’ve seen it two years ago. I said it two years ago when I was captain of the team: give these lads a bit of time, because I’ve seen the quality and the ability they all had.”And, again, after this tournament, whatever happens now, get behind them, because in two years’ time, four years’ time, that might be the support that helps them go on and win that trophy.”With the likes of Harry Kane, Alli, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling in the squad, England have a dangerous attack, and Rooney hopes Southgate gives them freedom on the field.”They’re good. They’ve got a lot of potential. They’ve been exciting, young, great energy, playing with a lot of freedom,” the new D.C. United player added.”I just hope Gareth allows them to do that in this game against Colombia and doesn’t maybe think it’s a knockout game you need to hold back a bit. Let them play. I think they’re enjoying having that freedom. They’re expressing themselves.”I think sometimes if you take a bit away from that it might hurt us, but I’d say let them play and let them continue to go on.”last_img read more