It's been well-documented that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy believes in a lighter practice load, in hopes that his players will stay fresh in November.
So how do the Cowboys make up for the lack of organized physical reps? With individualized mental ones.
“We ask them to spend a considerable amount of time on their own studying tape,” Gundy said on his weekly segment on Sirius Radio on Monday, “and we then test them and challenge them at the latter part of the weeks on game week on what they've seen and ask them to tell us.
“We think the mental preparation gives us the best chance to have success.”
EMMANUEL OGBAH STANDING OUT TO TEAMMATE TYLER JOHNSON
The nonconference schedule allowed plenty of the Cowboys' younger defensive ends — such as sophomores Trace Clark and Jimmy Bean and redshirt freshmen Emmanuel Ogbah and Victor Irokansi — to get ample playing time.
So far, Ogbah, who recorded his first-career sack against Mississippi State and has six tackles and one quarterback hurry in the early season, has impressed veteran teammate Tyler Johnson.
“Coach will call on him,” Johnson said, “and he'll come in there and make some plays giving a great effort …
“He listens. He's determined to get better from his mistakes. He works at it. The other guys, they do the same. (Ogbah) just gets a little more opportunity, and he's able to learn from his mistakes real quick.”
STAT WATCH: JOSH STEWART RANKS FOURTH IN NATION IN PUNT RETURN AVERAGE
It's early to examine NCAA statistics. Some would even argue that the traditional statistics are no longer a representative measure of on-field success.
But here is where OSU currently ranks in some notable categories:
*15th scoring offense (45.3 points per game)
*37th in total offense (487.7 yards per game)
*Tied for first in red zone offense (100 percent, 15-of-15, all touchdowns)
*Tied for 18th in scoring defense (13.7 points allowed per game)
*51st in total defense (360.7 yards allowed per game)
*Tied for second in turnovers lost (one)
*Tied for 18th in turnover margin (plus-4)
*Josh Stewart ranks fourth in punt return average (21.3 yards per return)
*J.W. Walsh ranks 36th in total offense (274.7 yards per game)