A tip from Pete Carroll
- Published: Tuesday, 01 November 2011 09:09
- by Doug Samuels
In the Spring of 2010, Pete Carroll (already with the Seahawks) came to Oklahoma State to watch a future draftee.
During the visit, Mike Gundy asked Carroll, "What could I do here that you've done (at USC) that could help our football team"?
Carroll responded with a simple answer. Double the amount of time spent on forcing turnovers.
Taking a look at the numbers, it looks like Gundy took that advice. The Cowboys are the top team in the country in turnovers forced (29), interceptions (17), and are tied for most fumble recoveries (12).
On top of the 15 minutes each day focused on forcing turnovers, the Cowboys also emphasize turnovers during their team period by aiming for 5 takeaways in the session. If they fail to meet that goal, the defense does some extra running.
The Cowboys will take on Kansas State Saturday. The Wildcats are tied for fifth in the country with only 8 turnovers.