The Frogs patchwork defense has been solid, but has a tough task ahead in the Pokes.
Some have considered 2018 to be a “rebuilding year” for Oklahoma State following the departures of quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington -- both of who were drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers -- after the 2017 season, but the Cowboys have still managed to put up big numbers this fall, albeit less consistently than a year ago. Nonetheless, Oklahoma State has hit its stride in the last month, scoring at least 31 points in each of its past four games and at least 45 in the past two weeks. Senior quarterback Taylor Cornelius threw for a season-high 501 yards on Nov. 10 during the Cowboys’ 48-47 loss to CFP No. 6 Oklahoma, and with the emergence of now Biletnikoff Award finalist Tylan Wallace at wide receiver, an increasingly-dangerous Oklahoma State offense has sparked top-10 upsets of both Texas and West Virginia within the past month. Running back Justice Hill -- last year’s leading Big 12 rusher -- has also recorded 930 rushing yards this season, though the junior missed last week’s win over West Virginia due to an injury.
GP continues to represent himself, and his program, the right way. And he wants recruits to know - he’s not going anywhere.
If you don’t treat people fairly or do a poor job, you’re not going to stay in business long.
“You’re going to get your next job because of word of mouth,” Patterson said. “We’ve had a lot of families, we didn’t get their son, but we may have gotten someone else’s son because of the way we approached the recruiting aspect. You can’t stay somewhere as long as we have ... if you didn’t do it right, you’d be in trouble.
“It’s getting harder and harder to do it right. I can tell you that in the way the landscape is. But you’ve only got to have 20 a year that want to be yours and come for the right reasons.
“Then, if they come for the right reasons, it’ll also be a situation where they’re not going to be transferring, not going to do other things, just because whatever reason.”
Reagor’s family is a huge influence on him, and that’s a good thing. The burgeoning star has a bright future.
Dedication. Determination. Desire. Discipline.
“You’ve got to be dedicated to something. You’ve got to be determined to be the best. You’ve got to always have the desire to prove you can do it. Then you’ve got to be disciplined enough to do the right thing, better yourself.
“He’s done that and he’s handled himself very well. He knows there’s an expectation and a legacy to carry on.”
The Reagor legacy seems to be in good hands with Jalen early on in his college career.
It will be the Mule’s show.
Injury-plagued TCU, which has gotten three of its wins when scoring fewer than 20 points, likely will have fifth-year senior quarterback Grayson Muehlstein making his first career start in his final regular season game Saturday night, when the Horned Frogs (5-6, 3-5) have to win to get bowl eligible.
”Grayson has been here a long time. He’s the next guy up so we’ve got to get ready to win and find a way to win,” coach Gary Patterson said. “He’ll have a chance to prepare as a starter, not as a backup. The other part, they’ll also have a chance to prepare for him.”
Muehlstein, the third quarterback used this season by the Frogs, finished off their 16-9 win at Baylor last week to keep their bowl hopes intact.