OSU football journal: Mike Gundy says Saturday's practice 'will benefit the crowd'
With depth and experience lacking at some positions of importance at Oklahoma State, coach Mike Gundy elected for what he described as a “half-scrimmage/half-practice” rather than a typical game setting for Saturday’s spring finale.
The Boone Pickens Stadium gates will open at noon Saturday, and the team will take the field prior to the 1 p.m. start time for stretching and other parts of the pre-practice routine.
Gundy expects about 90 minutes of action beginning at 1 p.m., including individual group drills, 7-on-7 and full-team, live scrimmaging, as well as other work.
“There’ll be a lot of teaching and coaching,” Gundy said. “We’ll have an extensive period where the fans can see the quarterbacks throw the ball.”
Much of the scrimmage portion will be scripted plays, which Gundy hopes will give the team the chance to highlight some players who are fan-favorites, and give the crowd a good look at quarterbacks Spencer Sanders and Dru Brown.
“People ask why are we doing that,” Gundy said. “If we don’t, the defense can somewhat guide what the offense does, and the fans might not get to see some of the people touch the ball, or plays that we would want to run. So I think this will benefit the crowd more.”
Fans will be able to come onto the field to meet players, take photos and get autographs after practice.
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Sean Gleeson, OSU’s new offensive coordinator at age 34, walked into a situation where several of the assistants around him have more experience than he does.
One of them was new offensive line coach Charlie Dickey, who joined the Cowboys not long after Gleeson was hired.
Gleeson says the two new guys quickly found a rhythm in their relationship as coaches.
“I think anybody could get along with Charlie Dickey,” Gleeson said. “The guy is salt-of-the-earth O-line guy. He's easy to work with, humble, hard-working, great practice coach and technician.
“We had the Princeton staff out here the past couple of days, and they were all talking about how great Charlie was and how they wanted to take him back. He's incredible and he's very knowledgeable in the run game. He is a great source of information and a great resource for me.”
Young safeties have grown up fast
The big plays his defense allowed last season kept OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles awake at night.
While his defense isn’t a completed project, and is facing a rebuild up front, the young safeties forced into a trial by fire last fall have come out of it stronger.
“We had three true freshman playing a lot for us last year at safety,” Knowles said of Jarrick Bernard, Kolby Peel and Tanner McCalister. “Anytime you play with five DBs all the time, it's safety-driven. Now those guys have had a thousand reps so they've gone from rookies to veterans pretty quick and it's starting to show up. It's going to help us a ton in terms of giving up big plays.”
Oklahoma State football spring scrimmage
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater
Noteworthy: Gates open at noon and players will take the field around 12:30 p.m. for stretching, some special teams drills and other pre-practice work