It's difficult for Mike Yurcich to quantify how quickly his first season as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator flew by.
Time is relative, he says.
“When you're falling out of a tree, it seems like the longest two seconds of your life, right?” he said. “When you're having fun, time flies. It's all relative. Personally, I've never experienced three bye weeks before, so that's been a little bit longer.”
At the very least, it's been a season full of moving parts for the Cowboy offense. OSU made key personnel changes at quarterback, running back and along the offensive line. It fought through sputters and introduced new wrinkles like the using Clint Chelf under center near the goal line, handing the ball to fullback Kye Staley and reintroducing two-tight-end sets.
For Yurcich, this season has reminded him of the importance of details.
“From a preparation standpoint, every detail has to be covered and talked about, communicated,” he said.
LOWE PRAISES YOUNG SAFETIES
OSU loses several pieces of its secondary in 2014, with important contributors Justin Gilbert, Daytawion Lowe, Shamiel Gary, Zack Craig and Tyler Patmon all departing.
But Lowe sees promise in true freshmen safeties Deric Robertson and Jordan Sterns, who have gotten playing time in 2013 and have seen plenty of reps during bowl practices.
“That's who I've really been watching and making sure they're getting better and really working hard,” Lowe said, “because I know at this time, it's easy for them to just lay back and not try to get better.
“I'm glad to see that they're out there and they're competing. The guys love compete, and that's what I love about them. They don't like to be caught, they don't like to get beat in coverage. It hurts them, and I like that.”
Cornerbacks Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin and safety Lyndell Johnson are also among the secondary players who will be back in 2014.
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR SHAUN LEWIS
The “What do you want for Christmas?” question occasionally floated around during OSU's media luncheon last week.
Turns out, Christmas came early for linebacker Shaun Lewis.
“I wanted a guitar, but I got it kind of early, so I don't know what I want now,” Lewis said.
Can he already play?
“I'm gonna learn how to play,” he assured.