Gundy details plan for Spring Finals, QB backup battle heats up

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Oklahoma State Head Coach mike gundy said last week he expected a linebacker Mason Cobb provide quality work next season. Cobb, a rising junior entering his third year with the Cowboys, played in all 14 games last season as a backup but could soon be an everyday starter. With his increasing responsibility on defense, the game is starting to slow down for Cobb.

“I feel like it’s a lot on my shoulders and stuff like that,” Cobb said. “I understand that I was behind the good guys and I was happy to have them back so I could learn from them and take things from them during the season, just kind of just learn with them. I I feel like I’ve come to a time where the game is slowing down for me, so I feel like I’m very comfortable on the court making plays and stuff.”

Cobb played a minor role in the Oklahoma State defense in his first two seasons with the Cowboys. He had 10 total tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack in 2021 as a true sophomore. With the old starters Malcolm Rodriguez and Devin Harper now chasing their NFL dreams, Cobb is ready to put all the knowledge he’s learned to good use.

“Really, it’s like understanding the defense and being able to see the keys before the play happens, so you’re not guessing anything,” Cobb said. “It’s almost natural. It just comes with more reps, just more reps in training will help you.”

Cobb is just one of a handful of linebackers battling for a starting spot this spring. Kamryn Farrar, Na’Drian Dizadare, Jeff Robson, Donovan Stephensas well as transfers from junior colleges Xavier Benson and Bishop Lamont are all in competition.

“They’re fine,” Gundy said ahead of Monday’s practice. “I like their speed. I like their competitiveness, and I think they’re going to hit you. Now it’s just a matter of getting them more reps. They face the same hurdles as a quarterback. “A linebacker has a lot to do. He has to play the run, he has to play the pass. We play fast. We are quite multiple on offense, so they face a bit of the same picture that a quarterback will face from the other side of the ball.

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