Mike Gundy said he’s ‘working through’ decision on OSU’s quarterback

Mike Gundy said he’s ‘working through’ decision on OSU’s quarterback

What you need to know from Mike Gundy's press conference Monday.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Oct 2, 2023, 1:58pm CDT

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Oct 2, 2023, 1:58pm CDT

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy spent 26 minutes with reporters ahead of Oklahoma State’s Friday home clash against Kansas State (6:30 p.m. ESPN). Here’s what you need to know:

There is no guarantee OSU sticks with Alan Bowman at quarterback. Against Iowa State in OSU’s last game, Bowman took every snap at the position. He went 23-for-48 for 278 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. It was the first game this season that sophomore Gunnar Gundy or freshman Garret Rangel didn’t play.

Gundy was asked if he planned to start Bowman against the Wildcats on Friday.

“We’re working through that this week in practice,” Gundy said.

Trey Rucker is still active after his arrest, though his status is unknown for Friday. Rucker, a senior safety, was arrested Sunday, Sep. 24 on suspicion of DUI.

Gundy was asked about Rucker’s status with the team.

“You know the same thing I do,” Gundy said. “I’m going to let the system run its course. All I know is what they’ve told me and the information I have.”

So will Rucker, who has played more than 66 snaps in every game this season, be active for Friday’s game?

“He’s active until the system takes its place and then we can make a decision,” Gundy said. “Essentially, I can’t get ahead of the process. Based on the type of incident that took place, I’ve got to let the system run its course and then make a decision from that point.”

Playing a Friday game after the bye isn’t really impacting preparation for K-State. OSU plays on Friday, but because the Cowboys are coming off their bye, it’s not a short week. Gundy said the off week was typical, and there wasn’t anything specific the team focused on in practice, other than the fundamentals of blocking, tackling and conditioning. 

Because K-State, a team Gundy said is the best OSU has faced to this point, was also on bye last week, Gundy doesn’t expect the Friday game to impact what happens on the field.

“I’m guessing they adjusted their schedule based on it just like we did so with both teams having the same scheduling situation, I don’t see it being any big deal,” Gundy said.

Lyrik Rawls is day-to-day with an injury. Rawls, a sophomore safety, didn’t travel to Iowa State with an unspecified injury. In that game, the Cowboys surrendered 348 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. 

After the game, OSU defensive coordinator Bryan Nardo said not having Rawls there hurt the defense.

Rawls’ availability for Friday’s game remains unclear.

“He’s a day-to-day guy, he practices, so we’ll just have to see how he feels,” Gundy said.

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Ben Hutchens and his twin brother Sam cover Oklahoma State for the Sellout Crowd. After a decade of living in the state, Ben finally feels justified in calling himself an Oklahoman. It is in Oklahoma where he turned an obsession with sports into a career. He collected bylines on all 16 Oklahoma State varsity sports during his time as a student writing for The O’Colly. He interned at the Stillwater News Press and covered high school football for the Tulsa World. Ben has won some storytelling awards but doesn’t remember them nearly as well as the people who have been impacted by his stories. You can reach him at [email protected] and continue the dialogue @Ben Hutchens_ on social media.

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