In 10 years as football coach at Oklahoma State, Mike Gundy said he’s never had a week in the spring as intense as this one.
With a young team and the 2014 season-opener against defending national champion Florida State, OSU needed to quicken the development cycle.
The Cowboys wrapped up their spring Friday with an 80-play scrimmage in their final practice until fall.
“From a scrimmage standpoint, we were so young, we needed more work,” Gundy said. “We just don’t have enough days to get these guys ready. But their effort was good. I asked these guys to work themselves today because there is no tomorrow.”
Despite the OSU defense returning only four starters and leaving defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer unhappy for much of the spring, Gundy and Spencer agreed the defense achieved notable development.
Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said he was most impressed by his team taking care of the ball and understanding concepts, but strides in maturity and toughness were his biggest takeaways from a demanding final week.
“That’s what you’re hoping to accomplish throughout the spring,” Yurcich said. “In practice, there are certain regulations where you don’t get to go hard every day, but when you do turn it up a little bit, you get to evaluate, and that’s what you want to see.”
CORNERS MAKE AN IMPRESSION
Even with the recent addition of Michigan transfer Josh Furman, Gundy said the safety position still needs to develop with players such as Tre Flowers and Jordan Sterns contending for starting spots.
At the same time, there is some reason for optimism in the secondary. Gundy said cornerbacks Kevin Peterson and Ashton Lampkin impressed in the spring and were among the biggest playmakers in the Cowboys’ last practice.