Past the point of mandatory shorts and helmet practices, Oklahoma State packed some pop into Wednesday's practice, working in full pads on the practice field.
Eventually, with some prodding from Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, the Cowboys got physical.
“We started out slow,” Gundy said. “We brought the team together; we didn't really have the enthusiasm that we should and from that point on, the last hour of practice, we did.”
Gundy said that several periods, including the “team” portion of practice when the offense and defense go head-to-head, “were good with a lot of competition. Overall, we finished out practice strong.”
And from practice, the Cowboys had more work to do.
“Now we're going to go root the Cowgirls on to a victory (in the WNIT),” Gundy said.
QB WATCH: SEEKING CLARITY
Cowboys coaches continue to split reps among the three quarterback candidates — Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt — with no clear No. 1 emerging yet.
That doesn't mean Gundy wouldn't like to name a starter before spring drills conclude.
“I hope,” Gundy said. “I would like to do it before the last three practices. I mentioned before spring that as soon as we feel like we have a guy who is the starter, we want to name him the starter. I would prefer to not have a two-quarterback system.
“I think the quicker we establish who the starter is, or that person establishes himself as the starter, it benefits Oklahoma State football.”
MOORE EXPANDING ROLES
With OSU in transition at wide receiver, there's a call for playmakers to emerge.
Rising senior Tracy Moore promises to be one. And he sees himself doing more, too.
“I want to be the leader of this offense,” Moore said. “We have inexperienced players at quarterback and at receiver — other than Josh Stewart and Isaiah Anderson — so I want to be that senior leader that Coach Gundy is always talking about.”
GILBERT STILL BATTLING
Last year, cornerback Justin Gilbert and wideout Justin Blackmon pushed each other in practices, taking pride in their individual matchups, with each player claiming their share of wins in classic clashes.
While Blackmon is gone, Gilbert vows to continue the same routine opposite whoever lines up across from him.
“I want to pick up where I left off during the season, working hard and making the most of the opportunity I had the last couple of years in working with and competing against Justin Blackmon,” Gilbert said. “Now, the role is going to switch a little bit with me and the receivers, as far as them working with and competing against me.
“Really, we all just want to get better. You can't really cheat the system. You have to show up every day and work hard. If you don't, you're just cheating yourself and the team.”