August 16, 2012

Lunt has a high learning curve

Two weeks into fall camp a year ago, the Oklahoma State offense faced a huge question mark that could have stood in the way of matching the explosiveness they had in 2010.

Experienced, but nonetheless new to Oklahoma State, offensive coordinator Todd Monken was doing the job backwards. Instead of implementing his own offense, he was learning the offense that his predecessor, current West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, brought to Stillwater the season before.

"It takes a lot of time to just catch up to this offense, much less learn it," receiver Charlie Moore said Tuesday. "You can't come in and pick it up in a few days. That'd be more than impossible."

Monken caught on quickly and it paid off when it was all said and done, as he watched his team receive both Big 12 Championship and Fiesta Bowl Championship rings this summer.

Now, a similar-but-different question mark looms around coach Mike Gundy's fall camp as the Pokes prepare for Savannah State, and the season overall. Monken has picked up, and all but perfected, the pace of play that made Oklahoma State a top offense in 2011.

Now, freshman quarterback Wes Lunt must do the same.

"Coach Monken works us every day with tempo," Moore said. "It's constant. It's a lot of practice and we get faster every day. It's just endless repetition, and every time we get just a little bit faster."

It's no secret that the Cowboys like to play extremely fast. They averaged a whopping 76.8 plays per game in 2011, which was

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