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Notebook: Gundy's son, Reagan's spring and Martin's transition

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Gunnar Gundy

Gundy during 7 on 7 warm ups 

Jaylen Warren had an open field in front of him.

Warren broke a 38-yard rush, the longest of the game, not reaching the endzone because of cornerback Jordan Reagan’s foot-wrapping tackle.

Reagan, a redshirt freshman, impressed his teammates in Oklahoma State’s spring game Saturday with his play.

Cornerback Christian Holmes said Reagan is gifted and has raw talent.

“If I wasn’t up here and (Reagan) was up here, he would say he’s the fastest DB in the room,” Holmes said. “He doesn’t even know his potential yet. I saw it, you saw it today, He has got it and he has his speed.”

Wide receiver Brennan Presley, a teammate of Reagan’s in high school at Bixby said Reagan has developed tremendously this spring.

“The mentality and athletic ability he’s always had,” Presley said. “I think he’s finally finding his niche, learning how to put those two together. I think this is a very big spring for him.”

Reagan was one of the several topics discussed Saturday, when Holmes, Presley, coach Mike Gundy and quarterback Shane Illingworth spoke with the media after OSU’s spring game.

Here are other storylines:

Tay Martin’s transition to Tylan Wallace’s spot

Wide receiver Tylan Wallace departed for the NFL this offseason, leaving an opening at OSU’s Z receiver spot.

Redshirt senior Tay Martin has transitioned over, and Gundy said he is doing good.

“It is not the easiest transition in our system but he’s picked up on it and he’s doing fairly well,” Gundy said.

Martin was a common target for quarterback Spencer Sanders in the spring game. Gundy said with Martin in shape this season, he expects Martin to have a major impact on the offense this season.  

“His play is showing up more,” Gundy said. “He’s not so concerned with his fatigue as much as his is with getting lined up and playing fast. We need him to continue to work hard. We need him to stay healthy.”

Martin also transitioned into a leadership role after Wallace’s departure. Wide receiver Brennan Presley said Martin, and wide receiver Braydon Johnson have each stepped into a leadership role this spring.

Presley said Martin was getting comfortable and learning the system last season, but now is able to play how he wants to play.

“I think he’s more comfortable now,” Martin said. “He knows he has to be a leader and make those plays for us like the traditional Z has done here. It will be a big year for him.”

Gundy proud of son in first collegiate game

Seeing the last name Gundy and No. 12 on a jersey doesn’t make Mike Gundy nostalgic.

Gundy’s son, Gunnar played in his first collegiate game, albeit a spring game Saturday. Mike Gundy said he isn’t nostalgic about seeing it, but he said his family is.

“I thought he did fine,” Mike Gundy said. “That’s a tough situation for him. His dad is a coach, that’s not easy. You can get the elephant out of the room, it is not easy to be in his position. I think he handled it well and handled himself well.”

Mike Gundy said it is difficult to be a quarterback at OSU because all he focuses on is the QB position. He said he watches the tape on every other position, but during practice and games is focused on the quarterbacks.

“Honestly, when (Gunnar) is out there, I’m watching the same things when Shane is out there,” Mike Gundy said. “I’m watching the reads and I want the ball to be distributed.”

Illingworth said Gunnar Gundy is humble and works as hard as all the other quarterbacks. He said Gunnar knows nothing is going to be handed to him.

“He goes and grinds,” Illingworth said. “He’s super athletic, he can throw a good ball, and I think as time goes on people are going to see that he’s just a football player. He can go out there and make some plays.”

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