OSU football notebook: Peterson improving
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Friday, November 16, 2012
11/16/12 at 2:35 AM
A year ago, Kevin Peterson was leading Class 4A Wagoner on its run to the first state title in school history. As a true freshman at OSU, he's seeing the field as a backup cornerback.
"He's just getting better and better," defensive coordinator Bill Young said. "He's so much better than what we thought he would be at this point.
"So many people play with four and five wide receivers and they run our corners to death. You have to have a spell. To be able to put him in and not have a big drop-off has been huge for us."
Lobbying for title game: As the season enters the final stretch, teams near the top of the BCS standings are preparing to make their case for playing in the national championship game.
After a big Bedlam win to end the regular season a year ago, OSU's media-relations staff promptly issued its case for the Cowboys being selected, and coach Mike Gundy was vocal in lobbying for his team.
"I think each coach has to make a decision based on what gives his team the best opportunity to play in the championship game," Gundy said. "I don't know that there's a perfect time. That's how we handle it here.
"It's really hard for me to speak for anybody else, but our staff has talked about it, and obviously I had a method for what I thought was best for us last year and it didn't work. We ran in the election and finished third. So I don't know that I have all the answers, but that would be my opinion."
Monken on QBs: With three quarterbacks proving capable for OSU this season, one might think their success stems from an offensive system that would allow anyone to be plugged in with similar results. Todd Monken disagrees.
"It's not like you can just pull somebody off the street and decide to play them," the Cowboys' offensive coordinator said. "There is a limit to that.
"We have got talented guys that believe in what we do and we are pretty simple in what we do in how we approach it. I think our guys buy into that."
Cowboys on academic team: Fourteen members of the football team were named Academic All-Big 12 on Thursday.
Seven were on the first team, meaning they have maintained a GPA of 3.20 or better: Receiver Isaiah Anderson, offensive lineman Parker Graham, holder Wes Harlan, fullback Teddy Johnson, linebacker Caleb Lavey, receiver Charlie Moore and long snapper Conner Sinko.
Defensive end Cooper Bassett, linebacker Alex Elkis, center Evan Epstein, safety Deion Imade, linebacker Shaun Lewis, tight end Jeremy Seaton and long snapper Andrew Suter were all second-team honorees with GPAs ranging from 3.00 to 3.19.
Tickets on sale for 2013 opener: Tickets for the Cowboys' game against Mississippi State at Reliant Stadium on Aug. 31 are on sale for season-ticket holders and will be available to the general public on Jan. 1.
OSU has an allotment of 10,500 tickets that range in price from $45-$125.
OSU's Kevin Peterson breaks up a pass against Louisiana's Darryl Surgent during a Sept. 15 game in Stillwater. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World