Mike Gundy gave his final fall camp post-practice interview Saturday afternoon outside Boone Pickens Stadium and summarized what he saw during Oklahoma State’s team scrimmage.
The Cowboys ran 115 plays. Penalties were limited for the most part. Tackling was improved on defense and offensive skill players were explosive.
Then, Gundy said this: “The quarterbacks played really the best that they’ve played in a scrimmage in a number of years here … They were very productive.”
More high praise for the trio of quarterbacks — J.W. Walsh, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph — who Gundy said could rotate in and out this season. But it did come with a disclaimer.
Gundy said at different points during Saturday’s scrimmage inside the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, as many as eight freshmen were on the field at the same time.
When asked if the quarterbacks’ success was earned or allowed by new faces on defense, Gundy said it could be a “combination of both.”
“They’re obviously a little more vulnerable when there’s youth out there,” he said. “But I have a pretty good feel for when the quarterback is in the right spot mentally and physically. … I thought that they competed and made good plays today.”
Bullet points from the rest of Gundy’s interview:
Nine different wide receivers played in Saturday’s scrimmage.
Gundy would not provide a health update for two Cowboys returning from injury this season: offensive lineman Devin Davis, who tore his ACL and damaged his meniscus last fall camp, or JUCO transfer linebacker Devante Averette, who suffered a knee injury in spring.
Players will have about a 60-hour break now that fall camp has wrapped up, Gundy said. With classes starting Monday, the Cowboys won’t hit the practice field again until Tuesday.
CONNELLY NOT DONE RECRUITING OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said Saturday he’s “slept a little easier at night” over the past week.
Apparently, the stress from months of hopping on and off airplanes and scouting hundreds of football players across the nation can wear you out. And when two of those recruits verbally commit like they did last week, rest comes a little easier.
Over the span of three days last week, OSU picked up two offensive line commitments for its 2015 class — Joshua Jones of Bush (Texas) High School and Brandon Pertile of Mesa (Ariz.) Community College. The Cowboys also previously received a verbal commitment from Johnny Wilson of Midland Christian (Texas) High School.
Each is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.
Connelly can’t comment on those three players until when, or if, they officially sign with the Cowboys come February. But he did explain how important they were to an upcoming class in dire need of offensive linemen.
“It’s a big, big, big need of ours,” Connelly said. “Getting those two additions gets us to three and we’re looking to get two more guys. Potentially one junior-college (and) one more high school player, because of the guys we lost last year and then obviously moving forward with three seniors this year.”
Connelly was added to the OSU coaching staff after the 2014 class was signed, so these three recruits are the first of his Cowboy tenure.
Connelly said he’s been working “tirelessly” in recruiting since he arrived in Stillwater.
“For me, it’s been a big challenge,” Connelly said. “I’ve had to scout all over, and when you add junior-college prospects, we have to expand outside Oklahoma and Texas or surrounding states. So it required a lot of travel for me this spring. Through mid-April all the way through the month of May, I was out just about every day in an airport flying all over the country trying to find guys.”
GUNDY TALKS FORMER COWBOYS IN THE NFL
Gundy said Saturday there’s a new photo addition near a team entryway inside Boone Pickens Stadium.
It features seven former OSU players now suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys: quarterback Brandon Weeden, running back Joseph Randle, kicker Dan Bailey, wide receiver Dez Bryant, linebacker Orie Lemon, cornerback Tyler Patmon and safety Johnny Thomas.
“We still have communication with them and I hear they’re doing really well,” Gundy said. “I’m not sure that there’s another school that’s in our conferences at this level that’s had that many players that have made it this far on one NFL team.”
Gundy also made a comment on former OSU running back Kendall Hunter, who tore an ACL during July drills for the San Francisco 49ers.
“It was unfortunate for a very good person that works extremely hard,” Gundy said. “And it’s important to him. But if anybody will battle back, it will be Kendall. And I certainly hope he does. I think he’s got three or four years in him. I hope that he battles back and can still compete.”