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.
Quarterbacks: C. Clint Chelf started the game with completions of eight yards to Josh Stewart, 34 yards to Austin Hays off a flea flicker and 28 yards to Tracy Moore. But after that, the trio of Chelf, J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt was pedestrian. None was impressive.
Short-yardage offense: D. The Cowboy offense was 2-of-5 on third-and-short (three yards or less) and 2-of-5 on fourth-and-short. On passes during those situations, OSU was 2-of-6, with one interception.
Receivers: C. Blake Jackson made a couple of nice catches, including a nifty one-hander off a Wes Lunt bullet. But Mike Gundy estimated five drops by his receiving corps, and sure-handed Josh Stewart and Tracy Moore were among the perpetrators.
Pass rush: A. Jimmy Bean, the forgotten man among the Denton Guyer trio that includes Walsh and Stewart, had two sacks. Fellow defensive ends Naim Mustafaa, Taylor May, Eric Davis and Sam Wren also had sacks, as did linebacker Seth Jacobs and tackle Calvin Barnett. The OSU front four also tipped several passes. A quality performance.