If the Pittsburg State football offensive unit is feeling any pressure than senior Jay Nuñez may be getting the brunt of that pressure.

If the Pittsburg State football offensive unit is feeling any pressure than senior Jay Nuñez may be getting the brunt of that pressure.
The Gorillas are only returning three starters from an offensive unit that averaged 35.5 points per game and 432.7 yards of total offense per game.
Nuñez, a second-team All-MIAA center from Alva, Okla., leads a somewhat unproved offensive unit whose only other returning starters are tight end Martin Burke (6-foot-5, 265) and guard Grant Garwood (6-1, 322).
With all of that under consideration, Nuñez does not seem the least bit concerned.
“There are natural questions because we are so young and inexperienced but, we use that as motivation,” Nuñez said. “We like that.”
One person who is obviously thankful for Nuñez’s presence is PSU quarterback John McCoy.
McCoy will take over for Mark Smith, who led the Gorillas to an 11-2 mark last season while rushing for 968 yards and passing for 2,348 more.
But, McCoy takes comfort in having someone like Nuñez to help guide his progress.
“He is as hard a worker as they come,” said the 6-0 McCoy. “It has been optimal and it’s made my transition easy.”
Even with McCoy being tasked with leading the offensive unit, he knows just who the real voice of the offense is.
“He’s the leader of this offense and he knows it,” McCoy said. “He can be the one that really settles people down.”
Working with the likes of McCoy and the other quarterbacks is something that Nuñez said is necessary to take time with, for obvious reasons.
“It has been a different presence as opposed to Mark [Smith],” Nuñez said. “We are trying to find our identity and he is a quarterback, which makes him a natural leader and we are following him.”
While McCoy and Nuñez spend time working together to lead the offense, Nuñez said that the process has been rather smooth.
“Since I’ve been here the guys have all started for three or four years and we all gelled well,” Nuñez said. “Now, we are spending a lot of time off the field to get that chemistry.”
Nuñez, who recently set the new Gorilla squat record with a lift of 665 pounds, is quick to dismiss the questions over the inexperience of the offense this season.
“We’re taking strides but we had to start slower because we are younger,” Nuñez said. “We’re enjoying that underdog feeling though.”
Even with just three starters back on the offense, Nuñez said that there is no limit to the potential to this season’s Gorilla unit.
“Coach [PSU offensive coordinator Tim] Beck talked to us and we are using our 2-a-days as a way to find that identity,” Nuñez said. “We are going to get it together and the sky is the limit.”

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