Oklahoma State put full pads on for the first time Tuesday, giving the offensive and defensive lines a chance to get more physical in the trenches.
Advantage, defense. At least according to Cowboy coach Mike Gundy.
“Our defensive line is much more aggressive in coming off the ball,” Gundy said, “and it makes it harder for our offense to make plays. That's really what I see out here. I see an offense that is very similar to what we have had in the past at this point, but I see a group of guys on defense that are in more of an attack mode.”
Gundy specifically highlighted the growth of the defensive ends, a position group with a lot of contenders but very little game experience after the departure of Ryan Robinson, Cooper Bassett and Nigel Nicholas.
“I feel much better now (about that position) than I did a week ago,” Gundy said. “I like the progress they are making. I like the way they are coached. I like their effort and their attitude. I like their depth and I like their push on pass rush.”
CONSISTENCY KEY FOR KEVIN PETERSON
Kevin Peterson was thrown into action as a true freshman last season and entered fall camp sitting atop the depth chart at the starting cornerback spot opposite Justin Gilbert.
What makes Peterson an effective young player?
“You dream of the dynamic player,” cornerbacks coach Van Malone said. “But really, you want the consistent player. He studies the film, he knows what his assignment is and he always is where he's supposed to be.
“If he's challenged and (the offense) makes a play, then he comes back because he learns from his mistake and then he goes back and corrects it.”
Peterson recorded 20 tackles and two pass breakups in 2012 while playing in all 13 games, including one start.
PRACTICE FIELD PLAYLIST
Music has started to blare outside the OSU practice fields, with the playlist seamlessly transitioning Tuesday from Justin Timberlake's “Suit and Tie” to AC/DC's “You Shook Me All Night Long” to Eminem's “Lose Yourself.”
Gundy enjoys the variety of tunes played during the workouts.
“I tell them to throw some 70s and 80s in and they throw in whatever they like,” he said. “And we try to be equal across the board — a little country and a little pop and a little rap and a little rock and a little retro.”