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Oklahoma State football: Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich more comfortable in new role

Yurcich is becoming more vocal on the practice field than he was two weeks ago.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: April 17, 2013

STILLWATER — Mike Gundy has noticed a recent change in new Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

An audible change.

“He's more vocal on the practice field than he was two weeks ago,” the head coach said of Yurcich.

That's a sign Yurcich is naturally becoming more comfortable in his new role as he prepares to make his unofficial debut in front of OSU fans at the Cowboys' spring finale Saturday afternoon at Boone Pickens Stadium.

“I appreciated his willingness to come in and listen and learn,” Gundy said. “I would think from this point forward, as he knows our players and our coaches and our quarterbacks that he can proceed differently now.

“I think that it's smart that all of us — in whatever profession we're in, whatever we do — the more we listen, we're usually better off. And I think that he's had that approach.”

Yurcich, Gundy and players continue to stress that any tweaks Yurcich has made to the Cowboys' Air Raid spread offense are minor. Perhaps a different read for the quarterback on certain plays. Or different terminology used to describe those plays when they're relayed from the sideline during practice.

The most noticeable on-field change? Speed.

“I'm not going to lie,” receiver Tracy Moore said, “it's a lot faster than when Coach (Dana) Holgorsen was here.”

Likely faster than any offense in OSU history, which is no small feat. The Cowboys were already running an up-tempo, no-huddle attack designed to keep opposing defenses off-balance and to allow the offense to rhythmically march down the field. Since Holgorsen first installed this system before the 2010 season, OSU has run an average of 77 plays per game.

But last season's quarterback carousel somewhat slowed OSU's pace last season, Gundy said. And when the coach needed to hire a new coordinator this past offseason, he began looking for one who was already using a fast tempo.

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