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Oklahoma State football notebook: Young players showing up

Cowboys coaches have believed that this class of freshmen carries great potential. And while early in camp, they’re seeing some confirmation.
by John Helsley Published: August 5, 2014


photo - Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State head football coach, addresses the crowd during the OSU Cowboy Caravan at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State head football coach, addresses the crowd during the OSU Cowboy Caravan at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

Cowboys coaches have believed that this class of freshmen carries great potential.

And while early in camp, they’re seeing some confirmation.

“We had nine players, I counted, on the second team today that are true freshmen, basically,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “Those guys are going to have to play, so I'm encouraged in that area.”

Most of the freshmen who have put themselves in play are on defense, where the Cowboys took huge personnel hits from a year ago.

The defensive front is a strength, loaded with experience and proven players. But the back seven features but two players with extensive experience in linebacker Ryan Simmons and cornerback Kevin Peterson.

“We've got a number of players that have a lot of experience and understanding, and then there's a gap,” Gundy said. “Then we have more players that are talented, but don't have any experience.

“It's really the best definition of where we're at right now as a defense.”

CARAVAN STOP REVEALING

Gundy broke some news, to an extent, at the Cowboy Caravan stop at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City Tuesday night.

Prepping the crowd on the 2014 Cowboys, Gundy ran through common talking points before saying: “We have a heck of a quarterback battle going.”

He had some fun, too. A young girl asked him, “When we beat Florida State, will you do the dance in the locker room?” Gundy responded, “That’s the plan … Whenever we do, everybody in here will be dancing.”

OSU opens the season against the Seminoles on Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Other select outtakes from his combination primer/question-and-answer session:

“It’s been as fun as ever for myself and my staff to see young players develop.”

“I think this is the best recruiting staff we’ve had.”

“This is my first time as head coach that we’ve put a plan in place before we left for summer break, for a variety of reasons. One, they’re pretty good.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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