STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State football is switching out offensive centers after longtime standout Brad Lundblade graduated.
However, Coach Mike Gundy explained that replacement Johnny Wilson couldn’t be more difficult off the field from the 3-year starter who preceded him.
“Johnny’s nothing like Brad,” Gundy said. “Brad is really squared away. Johnny’s not. Both are great kids, just different types of personalities.”
Lundblade had to fight just to earn his spot. After graduating from Liberty Christian School in Argyle, Texas, with a 3.9 GPA, he walked onto the football team and earned the full-time starting job before his true sophomore season.
Wilson is the son of a college football player and a 4-star recruit by ESPN. He also excelled academically, but comfortably committed nearly a year before signing day. That said, Wilson sounds like a player after Gundy’s own heart.
“Lundblade is the type of kid who’s going to be running a major company in five years,” Gundy said. “Johnny may be rattlesnake hunting in West Texas.”
Wilson started last season at guard, and replaced Lundblade at center when the senior was injured. The coaching staff recognized Wilson as offensive player of the game after his performance against Texas.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 304 pounds, Wilson has the physical tools to replace Lundblade’s critical production for the Cowboys. It will be even more important as Oklahoma State opens the competition to four quarterbacks in the summer.
“He’s doing good,” Gundy said about the Midland, Texas, native. “He’s not as far along as Brad was…but Johnny will be fine. I don’t think that’ll be an issue at all because of the qualities he was able to develop last year.”