The Oklahoma State offense had the upper hand in its first scrimmage of fall camp Saturday night, which naturally did not please defensive coordinator Bill Young.
Young pointed to a “laundry list” of things he wants to see improved in the upcoming week of practice, including making the correct substitutions.
“One time we substituted, we had a change of possession and we ended up with 12 men on the field,” Young said. “You've got to get the right players on the field and get them lined up, so we had some issues there.”
The defense finished the scrimmage strong by forcing three late turnovers, but Young said he was not “real excited with what we got,” because the defense was playing for both sides. The Cowboys' goal is to force three turnovers a game, meaning Young wanted six in the scrimmage.
LUNT, YOUNGER PLAYERS LEARNING TOGETHER
OSU coach Mike Gundy has continued to use the “good, not great” motto to describe the Cowboys' first 10 practices.
And he admits a lot of that has to do with the fact that OSU has transitioned from a 28-year-old quarterback in Brandon Weeden to an 18-year-old at the position in Wes Lunt.
“He controlled everything,” Gundy said of Weeden. “He controlled practice, made sure guys were going. He controlled the locker room. Everywhere.
“(The state of the team after one week of camp is) good for the circumstances we're in. There were times during last year during this week where practices were already great, because they were run by very, very mature players.
“Some of our key players now are just kids, and so they're kind of going through the same growing pains that other guys do at the same time.”
WEEDEN QB DRAW COULD HAVE BEEN USED DURING BEDLAM GAME
OSU coaches used the bye week before last season's convincing Bedlam victory to design a defensive game plan that blitzed like crazy and an offensive plan that utilized the Cowboys' running game.
Turns out that's also when the “Weed Whacker” — or the Weeden's quarterback draw used in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Stanford — was first installed.
“We didn't need it,” Gundy said in a Q&A session during OSU's Football 101 for Women event last month, a statement that was met by huge applause from the 300-plus ladies in attendance.
So instead, the Cowboys held onto that unexpected play for the Fiesta Bowl, which tied the game at 21 late in the first half. Weeden ran to his left, dodged linemen David Perry and Ben Gardner and dove into the end zone, where cornerback Harold Bernard and linebackers Jarek Lancaster and Trent Murphy could not stop him.