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Oklahoma State football notebook: Could Cowboys' up-tempo offense get even faster?

New Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has increased the tempo of OSU's system. Coach Mike Gundy said he isn't surprised the Cowboys are going even faster this spring.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: April 5, 2013

New Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich hasn't tweaked much of the Cowboys' Air Raid spread system.

But he has increased the tempo.

That's almost difficult to fathom, as the Cowboys were already attacking opposing defenses with their no-huddle, quick pace. But coach Mike Gundy said he isn't surprised the Cowboys are going even faster this spring.

“When I studied potential coordinator candidates on tape and I watched Shippensburg on video,” Gundy said, “I noticed the majority of the time they got a first down, the ball was snapped before the chains were set.

“Now, I don't know what kind of chain gangs they have in that league — not to knock that league — but I know they must have been moving pretty fast for that to happen. I would say the speed of our offense has increased this spring.”

OSU ran an average of 78 offensive plays per game last season, which helped the Cowboys rack up 547 total yards per game (fourth in the nation) and 45.69 points per game (third in the nation).


Defensive end is arguably Oklahoma State's biggest position battle this spring, with the Cowboys needing to replace three key contributors in Ryan Robinson, Cooper Bassett and Nigel Nicholas.

New defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements gave his assessment of the group Wednesday, revealing that senior Tyler Johnson and sophomores Trace Clark and Jimmy Bean are ahead of the rest of the pack right now.

Behind them, Clements said, are junior college transfer Sam Wren and redshirt freshman Emmanuel Ogbah.

“I think I have a strong group of guys to work with,” Clements said. “It's just a matter of sorting out which ones are the best.”

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