Oklahoma State football: Bill Young has 'laundry list' of improvements after first scrimmage

Forcing three late turnovers during Saturday night scrimmage does not make Young feel better about defense.
by Gina Mizell Published: August 12, 2012

“(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.”


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.

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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