Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer was short when assessing the performance of the safeties that stepped in against Texas-San Antonio after starter Shamiel Gary left the game with injury.
“Got work to do,” Spencer said.
With Gary's status day-to-day, that work could come as early as Saturday, particularly against Lamar's spread system. That means the Cowboys could rely more on senior Zack Craig, who tallied a team-high seven tackles and added two pass breakups against UTSA, junior Lyndell Johnson and true freshmen Jordan Sterns and Deric Robertson.
“It's a lot of them that are gonna have to play a lot of ball,” Spencer said. “You get teams like this — with Lamar and down the road (in Big 12 play) — that use four wide (receivers), three wide, those sub packages become bigger for you.
“There will be times we need a lot more than two safeties on the field. We might have three, we might have four safeties on the field at the same time. All those guys are gonna get used and get a lot of reps.”
HOME SWEET HOME — FINALLY
After four consecutive games played in the state of Texas dating back to last season, OSU will finally return to Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday night for its home opener against Lamar.
Cowboy coach Mike Gundy, as expected, is ready.
“We're expecting the largest crowd in the history of Boone Pickens Stadium ,” Gundy said, “and I think it's awesome for the students and fans, everybody.
“I know our players are excited about it, and it's a great chance for the Oklahoma State people, which has always made this university special, an opportunity to show up and support the players.”