August 2, 2006

Dog days are officially over

There are officially no more full months left until football season starts.

Yeah, okay, I'm being technical there. It's only the first week of August and there are still plenty of days to mow down before Oklahoma State opens its 2006 football season Sept.2 against Missouri State.

That means we all have another month to talk up the upcoming season and dream of the future. It's safe to say that many OSU football fans are sticking their heads in the clouds thinking about the future and what it might hold. It's kind of hard not to, what with all the construction going on around campus. It's enticing to think about what the football program will be like in, say, 2009. But that's still a couple of years away.

That said, the 2006 season is very close. This is a good thing, because we can all officially wipe 2005 out of our collective memories. There's certainly been enough time thinking about that disappointing 4-7 record. And with a year under the belt of the Mike Gundy era, there's hope the hard times from last season turn into lessons learned that help the team to avoid similar problems this season.

With that rusty intro out of the way, here's a list of random bullet points I'm thinking about going into the upcoming season:

  • Bobby Reid: It's an overdone topic to be sure, but that's the price you pay for winning a heated quarterback battle at a BCS school. Last season, Reid showed his rust last season after suffering through some injury time, which stunted his growth. It didn't help that he was learning an entirely new offensive system - one he wasn't exactly recruited to run - in what became his first season as the top QB in Stillwater. Is it a little much to say that the entire hopes of OSU football will rise or fall depending on what Reid does on the gridiron? Possibly, but that's how many people will judge things. Win and look good, and Reid will be a saint. Lose and make fans think its still 2005 and prepare for fans to start shouting for Zac Robinson.

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