Oklahoma State football notebook: Could Cowboys' up-tempo offense get even faster?

New Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has increased the tempo of OSU's system. Coach Mike Gundy said he isn't surprised the Cowboys are going even faster this spring.
by Gina Mizell Published: April 5, 2013

Johnson recorded 27 tackles (six for loss), four sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and three pass breakups in 2012, his first season at defensive end after converting from linebacker. Clark played in seven games as a true freshman, while an injury forced Bean to redshirt last season.

Clements described Clark as a mature sophomore and a player who is rarely caught out of position. Bean, Clements said, has more speed, length and athleticism off the edge and could develop into a big-play threat.

Other defensive ends participating in spring practice include early enrollee Naim Mustafaa and redshirt freshmen Eric Davis and Victor Irokansi.

RAIN NOT AN ISSUE FOR SCRIMMAGE

Rain pounded much of Oklahoma on Tuesday and Wednesday, giving Oklahoma State wet and chilly conditions for a 115-play scrimmage Wednesday afternoon.

Gundy said he never considered postponing practice and actually welcomed the elements.

“We have to be able to function on offense and execute in all conditions,” Gundy said. “(Wednesday was) a good day to practice our offense. Quarterbacks have to think through their philosophy. If the rain's coming down, maybe you don't throw the ball down the field as far, but you have to be able to manage the game and get the ball in the hands of the guys that can make plays.”

Gundy added that even if the OSU's new indoor facility, which is nearing completion, had been available, the Cowboys still would have practiced outside. That facility will be used on the hot days of fall camp and during storms with lightning.

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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