Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was happy with what he saw from the Cowboys offense in the first practice of the spring on Monday.
With the offense returning nine starters, things went smoothly on Day 1 under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
“I'm very comfortable with where we are at on offense and where Coach Monken is at,” Gundy said. “I didn't see anything different today than what we had last year in spring ball.”
For Monken, the past three weeks have been filled with quality time watching OSU's offense in 2010.
“It's been crazy,” he said. “It's been three weeks — basically you are cramming for a test. Not only are you now coaching quarterbacks, you're learning a new offense and you're running the offensive meeting. But it's been great.”
OLD(ER) AND WISE
Monken loves the fact he has returning All-Big 12 quarterback Brandon Weeden set to become the trigger man of the Cowboys offense this season.
And it has nothing to do with Weeden's rocket arm or underrated accuracy.
It is Weeden's ability to communicate with Monken while the Pokes' new coordinator learns the offense.
“It's so easy because the guy is like 38-years old,” Monken said. “The guy has been around for a while. It's like dealing with an NFL guy.
“It's not the information he has, it's how he's able to communicate with you. He has an air and confidence about him were he'll ask a question a young guy won't. He'll tell you he doesn't like it, where a young guy won't, they'll just sit there and say, ‘Yes, coach.' He communicates, and that's the key to any relationship, and that's what he's great at.”
WEEDEN IS NOT THE ONLY TUTOR ON CAMPUS
While the dynamics of Weeden and Monken have garnered plenty of attention, the Cowboys other two newcomers to the coaching staff, Kasey Dunn and Jemal Singleton, have been trying to learn the offense as well.
Receiver Justin Blackmon has helped tutor Dunn, the new receivers coach. Running back Joseph Randle has helped tutor Singleton, the new running backs coach.
“We've been helping each other out,” Blackmon said of the give-and-take with Dunn. “He's been watching tape on us, and we've been trying to break it down in the most simple way for him to learn and for us to get in a rhythm with each other. He's been studying us, and we've been trying to help him learn the system.”