Parker Graham used an interesting adjective to describe the early mornings, two-a-day practices and physical grind of fall camp.
“I feel like we've had a lot of fun this year,” the senior offensive lineman said.
To Graham, that mindset — which comes with the outside expectation that the Cowboys are the Big 12 favorite — illustrates how much the program has grown during his four-plus years on campus. Particularly, how the offense has developed into one of the nation's best.
“It's been a really phenomenal camp for us, and I've been around camps that they haven't been phenomenal,” he said. “We'd been really scared that first game like, ‘Oh gosh, what's going to happen?'
“Clint (Chelf) is throwing the ball lights out. J.W. (Walsh) is throwing the ball lights out and running the ball all over the place. I'm really excited to see exactly how we can come out.
“I think we have a lot of confidence in the fact that we know that we can do this and we know that we surprised a lot of people last year (in how we performed with the quarterback carousel). But at the same time, this isn't an ego-filled team.”
START OF CLASSES LEADS TO ‘DIFFERENT KIND OF TIRED'
OSU took Sunday and Monday off to prepare for the start of classes.
But next comes the challenging part — learning (or remembering) how to balance the school workload with the football workload.
“It's a different kind of tired. It's a different kind of strain,” Spencer said. “As opposed to us getting them up and working them, it's an emotional strain. And I know it. I remember those days when I was in college.
“When school started, you're coming down from meetings and practice and you're trying to get algebra and science out of your mind. It's just different, and it takes a couple days (to get used to it). And we always talk about that. The first couple days when we're practicing and school starts, it's a grind. It's like pulling teeth out there.”