Oklahoma State fans excited about the idea of seeing Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh both in the backfield for multiple snaps Saturday will have to reel in their joy.
The three-back set of Lunt, Walsh and fullback Kye Staley that the Cowboys trotted out during OSU's spring game on Saturday was something new to coach Mike Gundy.
“That was actually the first time I had seen that myself,” Gundy said. “Those guys, they come up with some stuff for the spring game.
SPEEDING IT UP
Gundy said Saturday's play was a bad example of how fast the Cowboys' offense is expected to operate. The slower tempo was a result of the first-string players being split onto different teams.
“We had just enough offensive linemen for two teams, so you don't have a lot of depth there,” Gundy said. “Our pace is gonna be quick. Our tempo's gonna be fast, if not faster than it ever has been. There's a few limitations when you split teams on offense, as far as your tempo.”
MOORE ENJOYS OPPORTUNITY
Tracy Moore was granted an extra year of eligibility after missing virtually all of the 2012 season with an injury, and he relished the chance to play in one more spring game Saturday.
Moore led all receivers with seven catches for 79 yards.
“It felt real good to put on the game uniform again and get back out there,” he said. “It felt good to be out there with my friends and teammates. I'm ready to play a real game now.”
YOUNG WRS IMPRESS
The white team had the deeper quarterback pairing with Walsh and Lunt, but less-experienced receivers. Yet it gave Jhajuan Seales and Brandon Sheperd a chance to shine.
Seales, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound redshirt freshman, had a team-high six catches for 49 yards, and 6-foot-1, 195-pound sophomore Sheperd had five catches for 43 yards.
SCARE FOR GLIDDEN
Another young receiver who got plenty of action was sophomore David Glidden. Having battled injuries throughout his career, Glidden got a scare on his first catch of the day, when he appeared to suffer a lower leg injury.
He eventually walked off on his own power and seemed to be back at full speed when he returned. The Mustang product finished with four catches for 28 yards. He could factor in as a slot receiver and punt returner.
VEATCH MOVES INSIDE
When OSU landed Zac Veatch from Broken Arrow in the 2012 recruiting class, it appeared to be a boost for the tight end corps.
Now listed at 290 pounds, the 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman finds himself at center, where he started for the orange team Saturday and can help add depth at a key position.