Oklahoma State held its first scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday afternoon. The 115-play scrimmage, which was closed to the public and the media, was played in 92-degree heat on the Boone Pickens Stadium turf. "It was hot, which was what we wanted,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "They got pushed. It was a situation (temperature-wise) similar to what it might be like the first game.” The heat and humidity could be a factor when Oklahoma State hosts Georgia on Sept. 5 in the season opener for both teams.
Robinson expected back on TuesdayWith classes beginning Monday, the Cowboys will take Sunday and Monday off. Gundy said he expects quarterback Zac Robinson to resume practicing on Tuesday. "He’ll be back out with us Tuesday,” Gundy said. "We’ll wait until he’s 100 percent before we do something with him. There was no reason for us to use him this week.”
Balanced effortGundy was happy with the effort from both the offense and defense, as neither side of the ball dominated throughout the scrimmage. "The defense had a really good day and started fast,” Gundy said. "The offense started slower but played better late.” Another good sign for the Cowboys was the limited number of penalties after spending the majority of preseason camp without officials. "It was cleaner than I expected,” Gundy said. "We didn’t have as many (penalties) as I thought we would.” Senior running back Keith Toston had a solid day, scoring two touchdowns, including a 50-yarder.
Limited time for veteransKendall Hunter and Dez Bryant saw limited time in the scrimmage. Hunter, a returning All-American running back, and Bryant, a returning All-American receiver, had their reps limited to give the Cowboys’ young position players the opportunity to see as much scrimmage time as possible. "(Dez’s time) was limited,” Gundy said. "But when he’s in there, he’s pretty good.”
No decision on No. 2 QBGundy said quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Alex Cate both played well in Robinson’s absence. They split the snaps equally, but neither player appears to be seizing the opportunity to be named the backup quarterback. "They made some good plays and made some mistakes,” Gundy said. "It will be a while (before we name a backup). (But) both played well today for the most part.”
Lavine likes OSU’s depthSenior linebacker Patrick Lavine is confident OSU’s defense will be better this year, especially with the way they’ve played early in the preseason. "We’ve had some guys come in, get a lot of reps and make some plays,” Lavine said. "Our defense, from our veterans to our young guys, showed a lot of improvement. I think we’ll be a lot better defense this year.”