Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy often raves about the offseason workout program administered by Rob Glass, and this spring is no exception. Here’s an example.
“The offensive linemen look different,” Gundy said. “Zachary Crabtree is developing some, and Vili Leveni is developing on the defensive line. You see a few guys that you think have developed enough that you feel like might be able to help you out early in the season. Others might take a little longer and you talk about them helping you in games six through 13…
“Rob Glass could very well be the most important person in our program. Our strength and conditioning allows us to be hands-on with our players all year round. Coaches have limitations on how much we can be with our team. The discipline, structure and work ethic that he instills in our players starts the ball rolling and creates an identity for us in the offseason.
“This team is just starting to figure out who they are, and it starts with Rob Glass and what he brings to the table.”
KOENIG MISSES FISHING
Offensive tackle Daniel Koenig will spend his summer the same way he’s spent the last four summers — in Stillwater, going to school and working out. But Koenig, the third of three brothers to start on the Cowboy offensive line, will get to spend much of May at home in Cape Coral, Fla.
Koenig said he misses fishing the most about Florida.
“I love fishing down there,” Koenig said. “Saltwater fishing. It is inshore fishing. I don’t do very much offshore fishing. It’s usually inshore around islands and the river and stuff like that. They’re called passes; it’s like open water between the islands.”
CENTER COMMUNICATION KEY
The Cowboys are in the market for a center, having lost Jake Jenkins and Travis Cross to early graduation. Sophomore Paul Lewis is the frontrunner for the job.
“We’ve got several guys we think can fill that spot,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “You gotta try to evaluate who can snap it the best and who can make the calls. It’s a critical piece of the offensive line. He’s gotta be a really good leader and a really good communicator.
“It starts with the center; can he communicate to the guard? I don’t know if the center to guard communication is more important than the guard to tackle and vice versa. I think it goes back and forth. I think O-line communication, it’s all relative. The right tackle can affect the right guard, and the center can affect the left guard and so forth. All five need to be tied in and speaking the same language.”