After reviewing the film from Saturday's scrimmage, OSU coach Mike Gundy still came to one overall conclusion — that the Cowboy offense outplayed the defense.
But one impressive part of that offensive performance that initially got overlooked by coaches? The OSU receivers did not drop any of the 51 passes thrown.
“I don't know that I've ever been around that,” Gundy said in a Monday post-practice report released by the school, “so we're catching the ball effectively.”
It was a different story on Monday, though, as Gundy said the Cowboys dropped several balls during practice.
OSU returns Tracy Moore, Isaiah Anderson, Josh Stewart and Charlie Moore at receiver in 2012 but will also rely on a group of newcomers, including Blake Jackson, Torrance Carr, David Glidden, C.J. Curry and Blake Webb.
QUINN SHARP AIMS TO IMPROVE POOCH PUNTING
Gundy called Quinn Sharp the best special teams player in the country during his Oklahoma City Caravan stop last week. But Gundy noted the Cowboy kicker/punter needed to improve in one area.
“I know you guys are sitting there and going … ‘Why'd he kick it out of the end zone and put them on the 20? Why didn't you down it inside the 10?'” Gundy told the crowd. “That's the goal.
“He needs to get better at it. He worked really hard this summer, and he'll improve in that area.”
Sharp's 46.3 yards per punt average last season ranked third in the nation. But he tallied eight touchbacks, up from the four he had in both 2010 and 2009. He also downed 12 punts inside the 20, the lowest total of his career.
ALWAYS A PLACE FOR FULLBACKS IN OSU OFFENSE
With Kye Staley and David Paulsen both seniors in 2012, a fan during Gundy's Oklahoma City Caravan last week asked about the future of the fullback in the Cowboy offense.
Gundy assured that there will always be a place for the fullback, especially in the three-back “diamond” formation. That set allows the Cowboys to throw and run from sideline to sideline, with the fullback playing a crucial blocking role.
“We look for guys like Kye Staley, like Paulsen, like Bryant Ward that we can get in our program one way or another,” Gundy said. “We've been very fortunate to have some guys walk on, and then if they do good and they're taking care of themselves academically, we can put them on scholarship.”
OSU appears to be set at fullback after Staley and Paulsen depart. The Cowboys signed Dominic Ramacher in February, while backup Teddy Johnson is just a sophomore.