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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys offense, kickers get average marks in spring scrimmage

by Berry Tramel Published: April 20, 2013

The OSU defense shined Saturday in the Orange-White scrimmage, and the grades reflect it.

Ball security: C. The quarterbacks combined for three interceptions, though one was thrown by sixth-teamer Cody Peterson, and the teams did combine for 95 passes. But more troubling were the five fumbles. Turnovers can kill a season.

Quinn Sharp replacements: C. The OSU kicking game remains a work in progress. The two kickoffs were acceptable – Kip Smith popped his into the end zone; Bobby Stonebraker's reached the 2-yard line. But the punting was just so-so. Without a rush or threat of return, Smith's five kicks averaged 41.6 yards and Michael Reichenstein's three averaged 42.7. Stonebraker made a 25-yard field goal but missed from 29 yards. None of that is close to the standard set by Sharp.

Pass coverage: A. Few Cowboy receivers ran free. The deep balls, especially, were well-covered; two of OSU's longer pass plays came on trick plays. Cornerback Ashton Lampkin and safety Deion Imade each had three pass breakups.

Format: A. The splitting of the squad into two equitable teams made for a quality scrimmage. Competitive, game-like, void of confusion. It wasn't easy, with a limited number of offensive linemen, but Gundy's staff pulled it off and made for a good day for fans.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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