Mike Gundy says Dillon Stoner did ‘great job’ returning punts

On a team with few noticeable flaws, one weakness has stood out for Oklahoma State: punt returning. But coach Mike Gundy might have found a solution.

During his Monday news conference, Gundy said redshirt freshman Dillon Stoner “did a great job” as the Cowboys’ punt returner. Texas punter Michael Dickson consistently pinned Oklahoma State in its own territory in the Cowboys’ 13-10 overtime victory, a game that featured more punt yardage than total offense.

Stoner returned three of Dickson’s 11 punts, muffing another. But the challenge of the wind in Austin, Texas, and Dickson’s rugby-style kicks left Gundy impressed with Stoner.

The Cowboys had used junior Jalen McCleskey as their primary punt returner for most of the past three seasons. But muffed punts became a consistent issue for him. Oklahoma State hasn’t returned a punt for a touchdown since McCleskey did so against Texas Tech in 2015.

Gundy has noticed his team’s struggles in punt returning, so he asked athletic director Mike Holder for some help.

The Cowboys face No. 22 West Virginia on Saturday, a top 25 matchup where field position will be critical. It’ll be interesting to see if Gundy’s investments — in Stoner and in a new machine — pay off.

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