INJURY UPDATE: DEVIN HEDGEPETH, DEION IMADE, JONATHAN RUSH PRACTICE
Cornerback Devin Hedgepeth, safety Deion Imade and offensive lineman Jonathan Rush, three players coming off season-ending injuries, all practiced Friday.
Hedgepeth (torn Achilles) and Rush (torn anterior cruciate ligament) were both injured against Texas A&M last September. Imade tore his ACL against Kansas State in November.
“I thought Deion moved around well, I thought Rush moved around well,” Gundy said. “I saw those guys.”
Gundy said cornerback Andrae May, who tore his ACL during spring practice, could return in 8-10 days.
Redshirt freshman receiver David Glidden also did not practice Friday. Two weeks ago, he had a pin taken out of the ankle he injured toward the end of spring ball.
GUNDY WANTS QUICKER PRACTICE PACE
Gundy called Friday's no-pads, early morning workout a “good practice, not great,” praising the team's overall mindset but stressing the pace needs to be quicker.
“Ironically, it was a lot like last season's first day,” Gundy said. “Guys were moving around and in the right spot, but our tempo has got to be better, (our) sense of urgency in drills has to be better. But it was good to be back out there.”
The slower tempo likely can be largely attributed to Lunt's inexperience at running the Cowboys' no-huddle, spread offense. Center Evan Espstein, who makes all of the offensive line calls, is also a new starter, and many of OSU's playmakers on offense have slid into new roles after the departure of receivers such as Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper.
“We went from 28 to 18,” said Gundy, referencing the ages of former quarterback Brandon Weeden and Lunt. “With a guy that hasn't had any college experience, it's different.
“But I've watched the coaches, the plays, and there's a lot of similarities in what we were last year. It just doesn't happen as fast right now.”
LUNT, RECEIVERS BOND OVER SUMMER
Rather than allow a quarterback competition to continue through the summer and fall camp, Gundy named Lunt the starter coming out of spring, considering it important to have the position set for offseason workouts.
Add receiver Josh Stewart to the list of those in agreement.
“It was very important, because we could actually focus on getting a bond with the quarterback who was going to be our quarterback in the fall,” Stewart said Friday. “It was a big deal.
“We got to bond with each other and see what each other's roles were going to be before we came into camp. And it went well. Wes is improving and we're improving and it's going to keep going from there.”