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Mike Gundy

Coach Mike Gundy said there may not be a player on his team who received a scholarship offer from the University of Texas.

Through long pauses of consideration, and several names being thrown out by the media, Gundy settled on "a low percentage" of his team might have received offers. 

Regardless, it is a motivation factor for the team, and Gundy said he believes the talent difference will be on display when OSU visits Austin to face the Texas Longhorns this Saturday. 

Here are some other storylines for Gundy's press conference:

Robinson’s rushes

In just six games this season, Texas running back Bijan Robinson has already run for 789 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

“He’s a good player, you’ve seen him throughout the year,” Gundy said. “He has the ability to make guys miss. He runs through tackles. If you don’t wrap up, you’re not gonna get him down. He is a really good player, and we’re aware of that.”

Gundy said he is aware of Robinson’s talent, and is trying to stop him from controlling the game.

“Sark” in the water

Coach Steve Sarkisian is in the midst of his first year as Texas’ head coach. The former Alabama offensive coordinator has made the Longhorns a top 20 offensive in the country so far this season, averaging almost 480 yards per game.

“He’s doing the same thing he’s done offensively for a while,” Gundy said. “I am going to go with what he did at Alabama.”

Gundy continued, saying Sarkisian likes to rush the football, and combined with play-action deep passes, screens and pre-snap motions to confuse the opposing defense.

Sanders’ technique

Spencer Sanders threw three passes which we caught by Baylor defenders two Saturdays ago. Gundy said he believes Sanders is able to turn over the ball less through fixing his technique.

“He didn't set his feet. He’s not balanced, he’s not square,” Gundy said. “It’s fixable. It’s all footwork. It’s not all his fault. We need to do a better job protecting him so he can get in position.”

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