STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's football coaches will implement a game plan earlier than usual because of a high-profile season opener Sept. 1 at Georgia.
Coach Mike Gundy said tonight's closed scrimmage will be a basic 100-play session to help coaches evaluate players. What is Gundy looking for?
"Effort,” Gundy said. "We're doing a good job on the scheme. We'll run some plays and try to time things up. You want to be fundamentally sound and eliminate mistakes and not turn the ball over. We want the defense to force turnovers.”
OSU has three scrimmages scheduled in the next week. Besides tonight's first major fall scrimmage, the Cowboys will scrimmage on Wednesday and again Aug. 18.
The first two scrimmages will feature base plays that will allow the staff to evaluate personnel.
Most years, coaches would install the game plan a week to 10 days before the season opener. This year, the Cowboys will begin preparing for the No. 13-ranked Bulldogs next Saturday — two weeks in advance.
"(Tonight's scrimmage is important), but next Wednesday and next Saturday will really be big,” Gundy said. "No Georgia stuff until next Saturday. We might work on some Georgia stuff in that scrimmage.