OSU football journal: Mike Gundy offers pizza, beer to media after first spring practice
As media members entered Oklahoma State’s team room to meet with coach Mike Gundy for his first post-practice interview of the spring, Gundy was waiting for them.
Music was playing loudly and boxes of pizza were stacked to his left as the coach danced behind a pair of large ice chests filled with water, soda and beer.
Gundy fielded questions about his new offensive coordinator, Sean Gleeson, offensive line coach Charlie Dickey and a variety of other topics, including his quarterback competition between Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders.
Of course, he didn’t get into much detail on his quarterbacks, other than to say he’ll figure out a starter sometime before the week of the first game.
This is the first time in a few years that Gundy has had a true quarterback competition in spring ball, so he’s adjusting to it. Last season, Taylor Cornelius was flying solo in spring before Brown and Sanders were on campus. And Mason Rudolph had the job locked down the three springs before that.
“You change the reps up a little bit,” Gundy said. “We go with the flow and if at any point, you feel like you know who your quarterback is, you name a starter. If you don’t, then you name one the week of the first game.
“I’ve never been able to predict when that was gonna happen.”
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Devin Harper was wearing a boot during pre-practice stretching, and on a stationary bike afterward. Amen Ogbongbemiga and newcomer Na’Drian Dizadare were running laps on a side field.
Meanwhile, eight linebackers — three of whom were scholarship players — went through drills.
Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Jim Knowles acknowledged that none of the current injuries are expected to linger beyond spring practices. Behind regulars like Calvin Bundage and Kevin Henry are a collection of walk-ons, led by longtime special teams contributor Phillip Redwine-Bryant, who will get some extra work this spring.
“This program, under the direction of Coach Gundy, has thrived on walk-ons,” Knowles said. “I think you’re gonna see a couple walk-on linebackers step up, because they’re gonna get the shot, and that’s kind of exciting.”
Here are some notable quotes from interviews following OSU’s first practice of the spring:
Receiver Tylan Wallace on the team’s offseason workout shirts that listed all six teams OSU lost to last season: “Nobody liked those T-shirts, but I felt like that was a thing that we needed to see. That’s something that we know that we need to work for, so that doesn’t happen again this year.”
Knowles on defensive areas that need improvement: “We finished in the top 10 in sacks and red-zone defense, and everything else wasn’t good enough, you know? So that’s a starting point. We had a couple things we did well, but everything else has got to improve.”
Guard Marcus Keyes on new offensive line coach Charlie Dickey: “I like the way he coaches us. He gets us going. He’s fired up to be here, ready to keep us in check. He’s juiced up for us to start practicing and get us playing to our fullest extent.”