Oklahoma State’s first scrimmage of the year was a balanced affair with both sides of the ball seeing some success.
“I was pleased with both sides of the ball,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “There was some give and take with the offense and the defense.”
The 100-play scrimmage included two safeties by defensive tackle Chris
Donaldson and a interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Brodrick Brown. Offensively, running back Jeremy Smith and receivers Justin Blackmon, Tracy Moore and Josh Cooper made big plays.
Gundy also singled out linebacker Justin Gent and cornerback Justin Gilbert as playmakers on Saturday.
Spreading it around
One of the staples of Dana Holgorsen’s offense is the ability to get the ball to several different playmakers.
In Saturday’s scrimmage, the new system worked well as multiple receivers had receptions while playing with the first-team offense.
“We might have had 10 receivers catch the ball with the 1’s,” Gundy said. “So it was exciting to see us spread that out.”
Oklahoma State could play as many as six true freshmen in the defensive backfield this season.
Cornerback Justin Gilbert has gotten rave reviews early, cornerback Larry Stephens is a prototypical cornerback and safeties Lavocheya Cooper, Zach Craig and Deion Imade appear ready to provide needed depth.
But none of those players seem to be more of a sure bet to play in 2010 than cornerback Devin Hedgepeth.
“Devin is a quiet player,” Brown said. “He’s a guy you don’t hear a lot about but makes a lot of plays. He knows the defense well and he’s turning out to be a pretty good player.”
Hedgepeth enrolled early, went through spring football and had already earned a spot in the Pokes two-deep depth chart heading into fall practice. The freshman from Derby, Kan. was one of the freshmen Gundy singled out as having a solid first scrimmage on Saturday.
Brown looking to build on Bowl
Perrish Cox’s mistake turned into Brown’s opportunity.
Brown, then a redshirt freshman, replaced Cox in the Cotton Bowl and held his own against Ole Miss even though the Rebels continually picked on Brown.
“Coach told me they would because they had never seen No. 19 (on film),” Brown said. “It took my confidence to an even higher level. It was a SEC school with pretty good receivers.”
But one game doesn’t make a career. And Brown understands that.
“I still have to move forward,” said Brown, who is slated to start at one cornerback position in 2010. “I still have a lot to prove.”
Brown had an interception return for a touchdown in the Pokes’ Saturday scrimmage.
Report: Lavey out for season
Freshman middle linebacker Caleb Lavey will miss the entire season because of an elbow injury suffered last week, Gundy acknowledged Saturday.
The nature of the injury is unknown, but Gundy did indicate that surgery is not required. Lavey was a four-star recruit from Celina, Texas.
The Tulsa World contributed to this report