OSU’s Sunday practice featured the first day in shoulder pads, after previously working in shorts and helmets since practices began on Friday.
For defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, who is seeking seven new starters on his side of the ball, it was an anticipated next step.
“It’s real football,” Spencer said. “The last time I checked it was a violent game, so to be able to teach blow delivery and tackle, that’s the game. To be able to do that was huge, so it’s good to get out of the pajamas.”
“We had a chance to see how physical we are,” he said. “There were times that I thought we did well and then there were times we’ve just got to demand more out of them and expect more. They’ve got to see it on tape where they have a chance to deliver a blow or they have a chance to run through a tackle, and we just didn’t finish good at times.
“We kept the big plays down today, which was an improvement. A lot of missed assignments. Fortunately, it was the younger guys more than the older guys, which is good.”
WRS PUSHING EACH OTHER
The Cowboys appear to be deep and talented at wide receiver, enhancing competition for prominent roles.
“We challenge each other every day,” said sophomore Marcell Ateman. “We challenge each other in catches, dropped passes... all that just makes our unit better.
“When you challenge each other, you make the next person better. When you push each other it makes everyone grow.”
“We look great. We have a lot of depth. This could be a special group of receivers and I'm excited to see what we do.” — receiver Blake Webb