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Oklahoma State football: Reviews mixed on 'Orange Blitz' format

Coach Mike Gundy was happy with the way the event turned out for his team, but some fans still want to have a traditional spring game.
By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: April 5, 2014

— Mike Gundy hasn’t hesitated to defend Oklahoma State hosting a 90-minute open practice rather than a traditional spring game.

Gundy has said multiple times he thinks Saturday’s “Orange Blitz” was better for his team and the fans.

Better for the team because the Cowboys are dealing with limited numbers after graduating 28 seniors and fighting injuries in the spring.

“I think it was exactly what we should have done,” Gundy said. “For example, we only ended up with one linebacker at two positions today.

“It would have been hard to have an Orange team and a White team. He would have had to switch jerseys every other series.”

Better for the fans? That’s up for debate.

Attendance in Boone Pickens Stadium wasn’t good — OSU estimated about 2,500 people attended.

But some, such as Sammie Kinsey from Nash, enjoyed the fan-driven atmosphere and interaction with players after practice.

“The other time I came, I didn’t get to come down on the field,” Nash said. “I love that, to talk to the people. I thought that was a positive thing. I felt welcome.”

OSU ran through individual drills and concluded with a short scrimmage, but Kenton Owens from Oklahoma City said Orange Blitz lacked the entertainment value of a spring game.

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