Oklahoma State followed a “really good” scrimmage last week with another “really good” scrimmage Saturday evening, according to Cowboy coach Mike Gundy.
“It was a sound scrimmage,” Gundy said of the Cowboys' fall camp finale. “We didn't really have very many penalties, which I was pleased with. There were good plays on both sides of the ball. Players competed and we had a good day.
“I really like where our team is. I like their cohesiveness, I like their attitude and they're in really good shape right now. I'm pleased with the way camp's ended.”
Gundy said he spent most of the scrimmage focused on the trenches of the offensive and defensive line, an area he hadn't previously watched as much during fall camp. The Cowboys return three starters on the offensive line but have a young second unit, while the defensive line returns both starters at tackle but has little experience at end.
“I watched more on the interior both sides, and I was pleased,” Gundy said. “They're coming along. I think they all are, and I'm happy with where they're at.”
The Cowboys will take Sunday and Monday off for the start of classes. By the middle of the week, Gundy said the staff will decide which true freshmen will play in the first game and which will likely redshirt. Saturday's scrimmage will weigh heavily in those decisions.
KICKING GAME UPDATE
Perhaps OSU's most intriguing remaining position battle is at punter, where Gundy has not yet decided between Michael Reichenstein and Kip Smith.
Gundy recently announced that true freshman Ben Grogan would kick field goals and extra points and that Smith would be responsible for kickoffs.
Gundy also said Saturday that he does not expect kicker Bobby Stonebreaker, who had previously been competing with Grogan and Smith for their respective jobs, to return to the team. The coach said last week when announcing Grogan as the kicker that Stonebreaker was “not with us right now.”
GUNDY ‘PLEASED' WITH ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING
The preseason Associated Press poll was released Saturday, with the Cowboys coming in at No. 13.
Gundy said his feelings on the ranking are the same as when his squad was picked to win the Big 12 in the preseason media poll and was ranked 14th in the preseason USA Today coaches' poll.
“It obviously shows people now have a lot of respect for Oklahoma State football,” Gundy said. “The players that are on this team worked hard to get to this point, and the players before them had worked hard. So we're pleased that people see us as a quality football program, and obviously you've got to play all the games.”