Oklahoma State put full pads on for the first time Tuesday, giving the offensive and defensive lines a chance to get more physical in the trenches.
Advantage, defense. At least according to Cowboy coach Mike Gundy.
“Our defensive line is much more aggressive in coming off the ball,” Gundy said, “and it makes it harder for our offense to make plays. That’s really what I see out here. I see an offense that is very similar to what we have had in the past at this point, but I see a group of guys on defense that are in more of an attack mode.”
Gundy specifically highlighted the growth of the defensive ends, a position group with a lot of contenders but very little game experience after the departure of Ryan Robinson, Cooper Bassett and Nigel Nicholas.
“I feel much better now (about that position) than I did a week ago,” Gundy said. “I like the progress they are making. I like the way they are coached. I like their effort and their attitude. I like their depth and I like their push on pass rush.”
OSU veteran offensive lineman Parker Graham, however, is pleased with how his position group is developing so far during fall camp. The unit is trying to replace All-Big 12 guard Lane Taylor, starting center Evan Epstein and part-time starter Jonathan Rush.
“We’re still working out the kinks with five new guys playing together,” Graham said. “But for where we’re at right now, I’m really impressed by how the young guys stepped up. Devin Davis is doing a great job (at left tackle). (New center) Jake Jenkins is doing a great job with making the calls. Everything is pretty fluid right now, and it’s impressive.”