Midway through spring practices, Oklahoma State held its first scrimmage on Wednesday.
Receiver Josh Cooper and defensive tackle Nigel Nicholas were among the most impressive players during the 115-play scrimmage held inside Boone Pickens Stadium.
“Josh Cooper made a couple good plays, and Nigel Nicholas showed up a few times,” Gundy said. “I thought that both of the young quarterbacks in Clint Chelf and Johnny Deaton made some good plays. J.W. Walsh showed some progress. The young offensive linemen made some progress and the backs ran well.”
THE BATTLE BEHIND WEEDEN
Chelf and Deaton are battling to earn the backup quarterback role behind All-Big 12 performer Brandon Weeden.
New offensive coordinator Todd Monken is looking for someone to win the job but understands it could be hard to separate the sophomore quarterbacks this spring.
“It's hard to determine a backup quarterback,” Monken said. “Because a lot of times they end up going with the backups at every other position. So if they get five reps, on a couple of them there's an O-line bust or receiver bust.
“I mean how many plays do they really get to operate? That's hard. It's hard to dissect whether it's them (making a mistake), or it's somebody else.”
As OSU's spring drills continue, Monken is looking to give Chelf and Deaton more opportunities with the first team offense.
“We probably have to find more ways to get those guys with some of our (first unit) so they get to operate,” Monken said.
YOUNG PLEASED WITH SPENCER'S PROMOTION
Cowboys linebacker coach Glenn Spencer was promoted to co-defensive coordinator last week, thanks to the support of defensive coordinator Bill Young.
“We tried to get that done last year, but there were some issues,” Young said.
Duties are unlikely to change as Young continues to be the Pokes' main defensive playcaller. The defensive coordinator is known for encouraging interaction and suggestions from all of his defensive coaches.
“It's a nice situation,” Young said of working with Spencer and fellow defensive coaches Joe DeForest and Jason Jones. “You have to realize your limitations. You need all the help you can get when you're like me.”