Tight End Recruit No Longer Part of Oklahoma State 2017 Recruiting Class

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. A lot of times schools will do this in the recruiting process, and recruits will opt to announce a “decommitment”, although the true story sometimes never comes out.During his visit to campus for camp earlier this summer, he told PFB that it was an easy decision for him and that OSU “just felt right.”“I met with the coaches and Mike Gundy at the mini camp and they offered me on the spot [on Sunday],” he told PFB. “I knew what I wanted so I committed right then and there, and I’m not regretting my decision at all.”Misko was recruited by OSU as a tight end/cowboy back. Oklahoma State, at least at this time, does not have another prospect to fill that position for the 2017 class, but Gundy has said he would like to take one per class. Reports surfaced from Scout.com last night that three-star tight end prospect Spencer Misko of Keller, Texas, is longer a part of OSU’s 2017 recruiting class.Misko is a hybrid tight end/defensive end prospect who held offers from Illinois State, K-State, Prairie View A&M, and Texas A&M Commerce. Misko’s situation with OSU shows the somewhat unfortunate, and dark side of what can come in the recruiting world. He was informed this week that his scholarship, which he earned four months ago at a camp, was no longer available to him, which is forcing him to re-open his recruitment.Tough lesson but I’m excited to re-open my recruiting process https://t.co/ItfJJPIGTb— Spencer Misko (@Misko_38) October 25, 2016last_img read more

Watch: Cinematic Highlights From Oklahoma State-TCU Game

first_imgSaturday was a special day in Oklahoma State’s season (obviously), and the cinematic highlights perfectly capture the importance of the Cowboys moving to 10-1* on the season.The highlights here are as good as you would expect. All the Carson truck sticks. All the Lacy grabs. All the Kenny Hill sacks. Drink it in, Cowboy fans because we get two straight weeks of bliss.Also it gave us this elite GIF.Boing boing boing. pic.twitter.com/YY1SaXfNLR— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 21, 2016 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

Chalk Talk: Diverse Run Game, Improved Talent, Stomped Horned Frogs

first_imgThe Oklahoma State Cowboys had one of their best (if not the best) ground performances of the season against the TCU Horned Frogs in their 31-6 victory last Saturday.It has been a long time since the Pokes have been able to lean on the ground game, but the Cowboys did just that, and they averaged a stunning 7.4 yards per carry against one of the better defenses in the Big 12.So why has the run game improved? Well, it’s actually quite simple. Yes, the Xs and Os behind it are notable, but there’s only so much to analyze. The Cowboy coaching staff has put together an effective two-back run scheme. But the improvement at personnel has been the biggest reason for the team’s recent success on the ground.When OSU first introduced the Cowboy Back, the Cowboys frequently used a gap power scheme (man-to-man blocking, basically), but the problem was that the line couldn’t block it well. Additionally, with only one possible point of attack, the back was limited in where he could go.But now, the Cowboys have completely revamped the run game, and have turned to zone blocking to not only make it easier for the lineman but to also feature their talented backs.Just because a team is zone-heavy doesn’t mean that the run game is simple or predictable. Through the zone, the Cowboys used a number of different plays to keep the defense off-balanced.They used a strong-side zone:oz_strA zone to the weak side (which is a tendency breaker and often caught the defense by surprise):oz_wkAnd a lead draw play:lead_drawAdditionally, they ran a lead zone with split backs:os_oz_strAnd used a devastating wham play which, at one point in the fourth quarter, OSU used three times in a row for a total of 53 yards:wham_give_trucksAnd don’t forget that quarterback Mason Rudolph has been used more and more in the run game, specifically in the red zone and short-yardage situations (notice that the play below is the same as the play above with a read on the play-side end, i.e. was specifically called for Rudolph).wham_keep_tdAlthough this is a chalk talk article, it would be unfair to not give credit to the people who have made this possible. As we’ve seen in the past, coaches can scheme and strategize all they want, but if their players can’t execute, then it’s all for naught.This year, though, the offensive line has improved immensely. The running backs, and more specifically Justice Hill and Chris Carson, have thrived in the Cowboy run game as of late.Finally, the coaching staff has intelligently taken one base zone play and built a run offense off of it, and because the line really has only one or two plays to practice, they have been able to become a more than respectable zone run team.One or even two years ago, the Cowboys were lucky to surpass 100 yards on the ground. Now, things have clearly changed, and it appears like this ground attack won’t be regressing any time soon. 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

How 15 Minutes of Downtime a Day Has Changed OSU’s Season

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. What can you do in 15 minutes? Actually the question is probably, what can you not do in 15 minutes if you’re Oklahoma State? For Mike Gundy, this season, the answer is “practice.”Gundy has long been on the cutting edge of tapering practice time and limiting hits on Sunday-Friday to keep his teams fresh for Saturdays. It’s a big deal to him, and it has seemed to be something that works. He said on Saturday he has taken that to the next level this year.“Last year we got beat up and got a little tired,” said Gundy on Saturday. “But we also didn’t play very well. We got out of position last year. We got out of position against good teams which makes it really bad. We’ve adjusted our practice routine this year. We’re considerably less overall. I think it paid off for us today.“Actual on-field time … we’re about 14 hours less of actual on-field practice time cumulative now than we were this time last year. Now you say, ‘it doesn’t seem like a lot.’ Well it does if it’s 15 minutes a day, four days a week. You add it up give or take and we’re about 14 hours less on the field. Knock on wood, it’s helped us from an injury standpoint. And our players seem like they’re fresh. But their attitude is tremendous.”This is very smart, and it does seem like it has added up. Of course OSU is also facing fewer plays per game on defense this year than last year and not playing those insane 100-play games like it did in 2015. Through 11 games in 2016, OSU’s defense has faced 76 plays per game. Through 11 games in 2015, it had faced 79 a game.Combine this with the practice time with the fact that, let’s be honest, OSU has gotten a little lucky with injuries this season (and it is also a deeper unit on defense), and now you’re on the precipice of your second Big 12 title in six seasons.Mike Gundy: time-management guru. Who knew?last_img read more

Rudolph Shoulders Blame For Bedlam Misery

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. Mason Rudolph’s poor performance on Saturday was not the only reason Oklahoma State lost in Bedlam, but it was a big one. Rudolph was 11/25 for 186 yards and no TDs. He missed receivers all over the field. Rudolph did run the ball quite well, which was a bright spot, but all in all it was probably the worst performance we have seen from No. 2 since the Texas game last year.Here is Pro Football Focus on his grade.Rudolph seemed to have problems all game with trying to get a grip on the football, as it seemed to be slipping out of his hands every time he threw … [he] was 0-of-7 on passes between 10 and 20 yards. Rudolph found himself under pressure on 8 dropbacks (out of 29) and failed to complete any of his five attempts, while also taking two sacks. While this was a tough game for Rudolph, it shouldn’t take away from the phenomenal season he had in which he graded out at 89.5 overall, among the best college quarterbacks in the country. [PFF]I would blame the rain or the conditions but … well, did you watch Baker Mayfield? No, this one is on Rudolph. For all the adulation he (rightfully) received for winning the 2014 game, he has to take the blame for this one (and he did).“Just a rough day,” said Rudolph after Bedlam. “Honestly, I’ll take all the responsibility for the lack of production, especially in the second half. Obviously, it needed to be better. [My performance was] not great at times. I think I try to do a good job managing the ball in the first half and taking care of the ball and pulling the ball when we needed to but I think our guys up front played well all game and I’ve just got to be more productive … I think we had a great game plan. I think it was just a question of execution on my part and we’ve just got to be better.”As for whether the weather affected him, Rudolph didn’t make excuses.“We kind of practiced a little bit all week in preparation for it, but there are certain times when you’re going tempo and the ball is a little more wet at the beginning of the drive than it is when you’re not going tempo,” said Rudolph. “But once again, no excuses. We’ve just got to be consistent.”Again, no bigger fan of No. 2 than me. He will be fine. He is 21-6 as a starter and just lead OSU to back-to-back 10-win* seasons. To go Gundy on you … in the society we live in, there is maybe no bigger issue than the one that befalls individuals who cannot hold two truths in their minds at the same time. Rudolph can both have been awful in Bedlam (he was) and still be a great college quarterback (he is).The road issues are a real thing, and we will dive into them more as the season winds down. And I suppose the silver lining here is that there is a sub-zero chance Rudolph will declare for the NFL Draft now so we get another year of him with all those weapons. And one more shot at winning Bedlam.last_img read more

Social Media Reaction to Baker Mayfield’s Arrest

first_imgAn OU football player was arrested on Friday. No that’s not a joke. It’s happened again.Baker Mayfield drank too much and got tackled by an Arkansas cop. Thankfully it doesn’t seem like anyone was put in danger because of Mayfield’s actions.Twinter lit up with commentary of course, though, and this isn’t the best of what we saw.To be real. Nobody in SEC country has caught him until now. Fayetteville PD jumps into top 25 now.— Jeremy Walker (@jwalk130) February 25, 2017Well, you may be on to something here…Yurcich- “Gundy, I know how we can win bedlam!”Gundy- “How?”Yurcich- “Hire 11 cops to play defense.” pic.twitter.com/vcLmv0USCC— Alex Luft (@alexgluft) February 25, 2017Eh, it was worth a shot. #SourcesSources confirm: Mike Gundy is not recruiting the police officer who tackled Mayfield.— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) February 25, 2017This… 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. Cop must’ve run a 4.4 40, catching him from behind and all. https://t.co/5P7eDBAIgT— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2017Maybe, that officer still has a chance.Arkansas should definitely sign whichever cop caught a fleeing Baker Mayfield. Best defense played by any Razorback this year.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 25, 2017At least he (hopefully) had a good time earlier in the evening.I can confirm that Dickson Street > Campus Corner https://t.co/V4KwEH29QI— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) February 25, 2017Clay Travis from the top rope.Positive for Oklahoma fans is at least Baker Mayfield wasn’t charged with punching any women. Might have cost him a half against UTEP.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 25, 2017Always best to look at the bright side.Underrated part about the Baker Mayfield arrest is the booking time. 8:21 AM. First guy in the jail. NFL scouts love that work ethic. pic.twitter.com/i6PV2S5vJi— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) February 25, 2017Legal problems are serious business in Norman.Breaking: Bob Stoops announces that Baker Mayfield will be suspended for second half of OU spring game— Eric T (@Taylorical) February 25, 2017That’s not great.When you chug your whole Sex On The Beach and finish it off with a Gatorade shot!!! #Rage #Unable #BdaketfrMaygiueld pic.twitter.com/XxLwl9uleU— OKState Probs (@OKStateProbs) February 25, 2017In all seriousness, I agree with this.This isn’t to condemn Mayfield, but you can’t use the “typical college behavior” excuse on a non-typical college student. False argument.— StillyDad (@StillH2Odad) February 25, 2017last_img read more

Champions League Team of the Round

first_imgUEFA Champions League Willian & Mane lead the way in the Champions League Team of the Round Goal 06:55 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(17) Willian Chelsea Barcelona Getty UEFA Champions League Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Basel v Manchester City Porto v Liverpool Real Madrid v PSG Chelsea v Barcelona Bayern München v Beşiktaş Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Sevilla v Manchester United Porto Sevilla Real Madrid Bayern München Beşiktaş PSG Manchester United Juventus Tottenham Hotspur Manchester City Basel Liverpool Barcelona Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk Roma It was a positive fortnight for the competition’s Premier League contingent, with Liverpool and Manchester City in particular making a big impressionlast_img read more

Barca equal La Liga unbeaten record

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona equal record for unbeaten La Liga run Joe Wright 06:40 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barcelona - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Ernesto Valverde Guardiola Lionel Messi Luis Suárez Barcelona v Girona Girona Real Sociedad The La Liga leaders have surpassed the club record for an unbeaten run in the league, set under Pep Guardiola Barcelona have equalled the record for the longest unbeaten run in a single La Liga season.The leaders reached 32 games without defeat in the top flight with a 6-1 thumping of Catalan neighbours Girona at Camp Nou on Saturday.Luis Suarez completed his hat-trick after Lionel Messi’s brilliant first-half brace and Philippe Coutinho scored his first league goal for Barca in spectacular fashion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The run matches that of Real Sociedad back in 1979-80.Sociedad’s total undefeated streak lasted 38 games, running from April 1979 through May 1980, meaning Barcelona is still six games off equalling the La Liga mark that extends beyond a single season. Barca’s run surpasses their previous club record of 31 games in a row without defeat, which was set back in 2010-11, when Pep Guardiola’s side won 27 games and drew four between matchday three and 33 of the season.They have only lost three times in all competitions since Ernesto Valverde took charge — dropping both legs of the Supercopa de Espana against Real Madrid in August and losing 2-1 to Espanyol in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-final, although they advanced 2-1 on aggregate.32 – Barcelona have lost none of their last 32 league matches (W27 D5), the second ever unbeaten run of any side (Real Sociedad, 38 between April 1979 and May 1980). Unstoppable. pic.twitter.com/wsrcvn3kS6— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 24, 2018Barca’s victory against Girona sees them stay top of the table, with 20 wins and five draws from 25 games. They lead second-placed Atletico Madrid by 10 points.The club go to take sole possession of the single-season unbeaten record Thursday away to Las Palmas.last_img read more

Ronaldo wants three more Ballon d’Or awards

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo: I want three more Ballon d’Or awards but would be happy if I retired now Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:05 26/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(23) Cristiano Ronaldo Getty/Goal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Real Madrid star remains at the pinnacle of the world game and has achieved everything he wants, but he is sure he can keep going for a bit longer Cristiano Ronaldo says he has achieved all of his dreams in football, but would like to win the Ballon d’Or another three times before he retires.The Real Madrid star was named the best player on the planet for the fifth time in 2017, pulling level with Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.Ronaldo already has four Champions League and Club World Cup trophies to add to his Premier League and La Liga winners’ medals accrued in his sensational periods at Manchester United and Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And while the 32-year-old feels he would be perfectly happy in life if he were to retire from the game immediately, he believes he can still achieve a great deal more before he does call time on his career.”I never dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or five times,” he told Desimpedidos . “If I had to finish my career now, I would be super happy… [but] if I won another Ballon d’Or, two or three more times I’d be delighted with life.”Even if I don’t win, I’ve already won five… but I still have the confidence and the strength to compete for the prize… it depends on the titles we win this year.”Everything I dreamed of, I achieved.”After guiding his national team to Euro 2016 glory last season, Ronaldo is preparing to lead out Portugal in their World Cup campaign in Russia this summer.Although he feels his side are not looked upon as favourites to win the title, Ronaldo still has hope heading into the tournament.”We are not the favourites, we have to be honest,” he added. “There are teams with more names, like Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina… but in football everything is possible.”We are going to try to advance from the group stage, then we’ll see. The main objective is the first phase.”last_img read more

Stop the Neymar show! The spotlight is on Mbappe

first_imgUEFA Champions League Stop the Neymar show! The spotlight is now on Mbappe Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar Kylian Mbappe Getty Images UEFA Champions League PSG v Metz PSG v Real Madrid Metz PSG Real Madrid Ligue 1 Neymar Kylian Mbappé Opinion The injury sustained by Neymar means all eyes will be on the young French superstar, who has been thrust again into the limelight ahead of schedule Paris Saint-Germain’s signing of Neymar last summer for €222 million gave cause for concern to the club’s Qatari higher-ups. Uefa, not long after the deal, announced an investigation into how PSG intended to meet break-even requirements as stipulated by Financial Fair play regulations.Spending so much money without the relevant revenue streams elsewhere to cover it is always going to bring a club onto the financial radar and it was reported — post Neymar — that PSG’s squad was to split in two; transferables and untransferables.Among those to ship out in order to balance the books were Lucas Moura and Blaise Matuidi. Also in the transferrable pile was Angel Di Maria until an intervention by coach Unai Emery offered the winger a stay of execution. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Now he will get his chance to play from the start in the Champions League for the first time this season against the team with whom he won the cup in 2014 – Real Madrid. His place in the team comes at the expense of Neymar, convalescing following his high-profile foot injury suffered against Olympique Marseille a couple of weekends ago.That injury, combined with first-leg defeat to Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, is reckoned to have brought a certain amount of doom and gloom around Parc des Princes. Overturning a two-goal deficit against Zinedine Zidane’s team – so at home in the Champions League despite their domestic troubles – is a tough ask under any circumstance. But doing so without the world’s most expensive player and flagship signing is another thing altogether.But PSG’s band of transferables and untransferables will now come together in an attempt to prove they are capable of achievement without the preening Brazilian in their ranks. It’s no secret that Neymar has been indulged by PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi since his arrival from Barcelona. He enjoys extended breaks between matches — one incident last month saw the 26-year-old given two days off for his lavish birthday party while his team-mates sweated it out in a Coupe de France game against Sochaux. Di Maria, for the record, got a hat-trick that night.Neymar put Edinson Cavani’s nose out of joint earlier in the season by demanding primacy for penalty kicks. Tensions have been smoothed over in that regard but Neymar upset local fans by denying the Uruguayan the chance to achieve PSG’s all-time goalscoring record from the spot in a laughably one-sided game against Dijon in January. For better or for worse, there is no chance of Neymar taking any spot-kick away from Cavani this week.PSG in ordinary circumstances could be reasonably assured of a positive outcome. They have not lost a match in Paris’s 16th arrondissement in about two years. They are defending a run of 19 consecutive wins at home and their Champions League form in their own surrounds is formidable.Their last four games — a run stretching back to last season’s last-16 first leg against Barcelona — have yielded 19 goals and four victories. Barca, and Bayern Munich for that matter, have been swept aside. Di Maria was the architect of that brilliant night against Barca, scoring twice, and will relish the chance to restore his reputation in the competition’s highest-profile fixture.Neymar Kylian Mbappe PSGMuch too will depend on the man opposite him on the other flank. Kylian Mbappe, whose permanent signing from Monaco was deferred lest PSG suffer further at the hands of Uefa, is already earning a sterling reputation across the continent. Now touted as the world’s finest attacking prospect, Mbappe has wasted no time in demonstrating his potency on the biggest stage.The 19-year-old has scored 10 goals in 17 Champions League games — being the youngest man to reach that 10-goal landmark in the process. Neymar was signed for the here and now with Mbappe marked out for a starring role in the future but he has made a habit of overcoming obstacles ahead of schedule. Now he is carrying the big burden.If it were a race between them to see who might win the Ballon d’Or first, well, it could be seen as neck-and-neck. Not many prospects have ever begun their top-level careers with this kind of hype but the boy from Bondy is justifying it.Angel Di Maria Troyes PSG Ligue 1 03032018Madrid missed out on both Neymar and Mbappe at various points along their development path with options ultimately sought by their fathers and advisers elsewhere. Neymar missed his chance two weeks ago to show what he could do but now the onus will fall on Mbappe.He, too, is not in the rudest of health. He missed the routine dismissal of Troyes in Ligue 1 as a few days before an ankle injury befell him. He asked Emery for a substitution at half-time after receiving a knock against Marseille – the very team against who Neymar suffered four days prior. That weekend rest should see him fit enough to start and to attempt to lead the comeback against the defending champions.Last year it was Di Maria shining in the home leg against Barcelona while Neymar was very much the protagonist in the second leg comeback. Now is the time for Mbappe to show that he too can be the leader, the talisman, the spark, and that nasty Uefa business can wait until the end of the season.last_img read more