Mike Yurcich up for top assistant award; Oklahoma State trio receives NFL hype

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Welcome to the Wednesday edition of our Oklahoma State DieHards morning roundupwhere we take you through the biggest headlines around Oklahoma State athletics.

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich nominated for Broyles Award

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is one of 56 nominees for the Broyles Award, given annually to the top college football assistant. Yurcich’s offense is second in the FBS in points per game and total offense.

Yurcich is one of seven Big 12 nominees. The previous four Big 12 assistants to win the award all became head coaches.

Mason Rudolph, James Washington, Marcell Ateman first-rounders in CBS Sports mock draft

Part of Yurcich’s success is the NFL-caliber talent he has on offense. Quarterback Mason Rudolph and two receivers, James Washington and Marcell Ateman, were first-round picks in CBS Sports’ latest mock draft.

Rudolph leads the nation in passing yards, while Washington is second in receiving yards. No receiving duo has more combined receiving yards than Washington and Ateman.

Other headlines from the program:

Cowboys paying homage to Eddie Sutton with focus on defense

In an effort to emphasize defense in the same way Eddie Sutton did, Oklahoma State basketball coach Mike Boynton had the word “defense” put on the back of his players’ practice shorts. Sutton did the same during his tenure, which included two Final Four appearance.

Boynton’s first season as the Cowboys’ coach begins Friday against Pepperdine.

Other headlines from the athletic department:

  • Oklahoma State’s Nick Piccininni was named the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week after defeating defending NCAA Champion Darian Cruz in the NWCA All-Star Classic.
  • Two Oklahoma State equestrian freshman earned Big 12 Rider of the Month honors for October. Stephanie Helsen won reining, and Harley Huff received the award for horsemanship.

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Basketball coach Mike Boynton

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