OSU's first day in full pads delivered some big hits and some bragging rights.
Late in the practice, the defense voiced their pride in halting the offense on the goal line on three consecutive plays.
Otherwise, the workout left Mike Gundy wanting more.
“We had a good workout, not a great one,” Gundy said.
A morning thunderstorm dropped some rain on campus, driving up the humidity, which may been a factor.
“It was more humid than it has been,” Gundy said. “We've been very fortunate and haven't had a lot of humidity.
“We were in full pads and all that, but we need to be tougher mentally and get more out of practice than we did. We got some things accomplished. It wasn't bad. We've got to move faster. Our tempo was just average.”
Gundy said he wasn't at all concerned. Not yet.
“Once we get into the eighth or ninth or 10th practice or so, our guys ought to be up and rolling,” he said. “They're practicing well, but they need to practice much better in order to play and start out at such a high level like where we finished last season.”
Cowboys guard Lane Taylor on the brotherhood of the offensive line:
“I've always believed that offensive linemen have always been the most tight-knit group. I don't know what it is; maybe it's that we're all fat. We're all close. We all have fun with each other. We all pick on each other. But at the end of the day, we're all friends and we have a good time.”
SEVERAL FRESHMEN MAKING A MOVE
One of the rites of any August camp is gauging the freshmen class and assessing who may be ready to help.
While it's still early, several Cowboy rookies are making an impression. Most importantly, some are showing signs of helping at spots in need of backups.
At cornerback, where depth is a concern, Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin are thriving behind starters Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert.
Receivers Blake Webb, Brandon Sheperd and C.J. Curry are showing they could be ready for spots in the pass-catching rotation.
“I understand where the young wideouts are at and the young corners,” said Gundy, “who may very well play in the first game.”
While there's depth at defensive end, Victor Irokansi is raising eyebrows as a serious edge rusher.