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Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy has high praise for quarterbacks

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 16, 2014

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.


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.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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