Welcome to the Thursday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.
Oklahoma State goes after Texas A&M de-commit
The chase for 4-star quarterback Grant Gunnell is underway again after the Texas A&M commit withdrew his verbal from the Aggies on Tuesday. The Cowboys were the first Power 5 program to offer Gunnell and figure to be in the mix for the highly-touted 2019 quarterback, who is reportedly eyeing a visit to Stillwater, Okla., “in the near future.”
Gunnell is more of a pro-style quarterback as opposed to dual-threat gunslinger Spencer Sanders, who signed with Oklahoma State during the 2018 recruiting cycle. Gunnell, the No. 49 overall player in the country per 247Sports, would be a huge pickup for coach Mike Gundy, but he’ll have almost every major program in the country trying to convince him to sign with their program.
Dru Brown eyes Cowboys starting QB job
As for Oklahoma State’s 2018 starting quarterback competition, Dru Brown will push hard to become Mason Rudolph’s replacement. Brown knows it won’t be easy with reserve quarterbacks already in the system and 2018 signee Sanders potentially competing for the job, but he believes the Cowboys staff went after him for a reason, according to The Athletic.
Brown went under the radar coming out of high school, found his way at a FBS program by way of junior college and is now trying to succeed one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in Stillwater. Brown doesn’t seem to be fazed by the challenge, and he could potentially help the Cowboys avoid slipping after losing so much talent on the offensive side of the ball.
Men’s basketball can’t rally vs. Kansas State
Oklahoma State men’s basketball (15-11, 5-8 Big 12) fought back against Kansas State (18-8, 7-6 Big 12) after trailing by 17 points at halftime. But the comeback fell short with the Cowboys falling 82-72 to the Wildcats at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Kendall Smith scored 16 points, while Cameron McGriff and Jefferey Carroll each scored 13 points. The Cowboys put up 52 points in the second half against the Wildcats, but they couldn’t overcome a 25-point performance from Kansas State’s Barry Brown. Oklahoma State is at TCU on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Other headlines from the athletic department:
- Redshirt sophomore Nick Piccininni was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. The 125-pound Piccininni (17-3) picked up a pair of ranked wins over No. 11-ranked Sean Russell (Edinboro) and No. 16 Christian Moody (Oklahoma) last weekend.
- Junior Zach Bauchou was one of 27 golfers named to the 2018 Ben Hogan Award watch list. The Ben Hogan Award is annually awarded to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Oklahoma State men’s basketball
"We have to decide who we want to be. This is three weeks in a row where we come out kind of flat and not with the sense of urgency that you need to have success consistently in this league." @thacoachmike after tonight's loss to Kansas State. #okstate pic.twitter.com/X5dRCkcCaN
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 15, 2018
Oklahoma State baseball
Baseball is almost here! Here's everything you need to know about #okstate as the Cowboys travel to Texas State on opening weekend: https://t.co/mbKFiStC3K #baseballiscoming #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/8mOuV0cP9I
— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) February 14, 2018
Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements
— Joe Bob Clements (@joebobclements) February 14, 2018
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