Oklahoma State senior defensive lineman Cooper Bassett understands why fans at Saturday's spring game cheered almost exclusively for the offense.
But that doesn't mean it didn't bother him a little bit.
The crowd made noise and the band played for first downs and touchdowns, but made little noise for the defense.
“The game has evolved; it's an offensive game,” Bassett said. “It gets under our skin a little bit ... we wish they'd hoop and hollar when we stop a run. But it's not flashy and we understand that.
“But the nice thing about that is we've got one heck of an offensive team.”
GUNDY PRAISES BARNETT
Junior defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, the former Tulsa Washington star who transferred from Navarro Junior College, earned high praise from coach Mike Gundy in his postgame remarks.
“He's further ahead that just about any junior college player I can remember,” Gundy said. “He's making plays on the defensive line.”
While in high school, Barnett originally committed to OSU, but made a surprising switch to Arkansas two weeks before signing day.
Barnett never played for Arkansas, though. Instead, he played two years of junior college ball at Navarro.
“What I like about him is the attitude he brings to the game,” Gundy said. “When I was standing back there today, I heard him talking on third down — ‘Watch the draw,' ‘Watch this; watch that.' That's what real players do. We'll see if he's a real player ... but he acts like he wants to make plays and it's important to him.”
DEFENSE FASTER THAN IN THE PAST
Gundy said OSU's defense has played fast during spring practice, and he wanted to see if that speed would be apparent during the spring game.
“They lived up to that,” Gundy said. “Just watching them throughout the 14 practices and then today, they can run and get to the ball really fast.
“The game has moved in that direction. You have to have speed to get to the ball fast and get those guys down. Everybody has fast guys that touch the ball now ... I feel like we've accomplished our goal that we set three or four years ago, which is to try to get enough speed to run people down on defense. I think we'll be so much faster this year than we've ever been.”
GUNDY: O-LINE ‘AVERAGE'
The very nature of a spring game — splitting your team in two — makes things difficult for the offensive linemen and the quarterbacks, Gundy said.
“When I looked out there on the gray team, the only (lineman) who was out there and had played at all was (Daniel) Koenig,” Gundy said. “Those other lineman have never played in a college game. ... Their play was very average and I expected it to be that way.
“Our defense is moving around a lot. We had four-down fronts; we had three-down fronts. We blitzed more in this game that we ever have because we think that fits our personality. The two spots that have a difficult time are our offensive line and quarterbacks.”
JACKSON SPEAKS ... BRIEFLY
Junior tight end Blake Jackson, who transferred to OSU from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, caught three passes for 40 yards Saturday.
As a first-year player, Jackson is supposed to be off-limits to the media. But still, after the game, he briefly spoke to a few reporters before being ushered away by OSU media relations staff.
“I feel like we played really well, including myself,” Jackson said. “It's real fun, just running around, having fun with your teammates. It's always fun to come out here and compete.”
Jackson (6-foot-3, 238 pounds) came highly touted out of junior college. He chose the Cowboys over Oklahoma, Arkansas and Georgia.
GLIDDEN SPENDS SPRING GAME WATCHING MOVIE
Gundy said redshirt freshman David Glidden will be the Cowboys' punt returner. Glidden missed the spring game because of a high-ankle sprain.
Gundy said he'll probably be in a cast for several weeks.
Glidden wasn't even at the spring game, according to his Twitter account. He tweeted early in the spring game that he was watching the movie “Enemy of the State” on television.
As far as punt returns went Saturday, normally sure-handed sophomore Josh Stewart struggled to catch the kicks that came his way.
“He has the ability to make people miss, but he won't return any if he does that,” Gundy said of Stewart. “He'll get his fair shot in August, but otherwise we won't put a guy back there that can't catch one.”
VESTER LIKELY WILL START AT NEO
Stillwater High standout Jesse Vester, who double signed with Oklahoma State and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, said at Saturday's spring game that he'll likely begin his college career at the Miami, OK, junior college.
Vester signed with both schools because he was still working on becoming academically qualified on February's signing day. Saturday, he said he's not quite there yet, but is close.
Either way, he said he will probably go to Northeastern A&M for a semester and join the Cowboys next spring.
Vester (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), the kick returner on The Oklahoman's 2011 All-State team, scored 15 touchdowns and had 1,125 receiving yards as a senior.
The Orange team jumped to a 24-0 lead Saturday at halftime, but Gundy reversed the score during the break. Orange outscored Gray 21-7 in the second half, but because of the flipped score, the Gray team was given a 31-21 win. ... Oklahoma State ran 88 plays in the first half Saturday, which prompted the Cowboys to use a running clock in the second half. After halftime, the Cowboys ran just 35 offensive plays. ... No Cowboys were injured Saturday. ... Sophomore Desmond Roland, playing on the gray team, led all rushers with 53 yards on 10 carries. ... Junior defensive end Tyler Johnson made 5 tackles Saturday to lead the Orange team, while junior linebacker Caleb Lavey's 5 stops led the Gray.