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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

/articleid/3787145/1/pictures/2015721">Photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich talks with the media prior to an OSU spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich talks with the media prior to an OSU spring football practice in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

When he popped in Shippensburg film, that offense often snapped the football before the chains were set.

“It is just unbelievable how fast it goes,” offensive lineman Parker Graham said. “A lot of us feel like we were conditioned to play in the last offense we had. And then this one it's just like, ‘Oh my Gosh, it's even faster than the last one,' if that's even possible.

“Whenever the games come, we'll be hounding on those refs to put the ball down, so we can go.”

Another possible area where Yurcich could make an early imprint? The quarterback run game with Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh, including Walsh's special short-yardage and goal-line package. Yurcich had a mobile quarterback at Shippensburg in Zach Zulli and thus has experience implementing that into a pass-happy spread.

When asked what he plans to focus on Saturday, Yurcich rattled off a long list. Running the football. Play-action. Quick throws and screen passes. Perhaps a dash of plays out of empty-back sets.

“We want to make sure that we're getting everything called that we've worked on all spring and that we're working the base package,” Yurcich said.

During the past month, Yurcich has enjoyed the process of getting acclimated at OSU and said he now feels he has a “firm grasp” of the offense. That echoes Gundy's observation from the practice field.

And Yurcich's similar — but faster — scheme will be showcased for the first time Saturday.

“Just to see guys run around and have fun,” Yurcich said. “Just to see our fundamentals really come through and the stuff that we've been working on, to see that really flourish in the spring game would be a good thing.”


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