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OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy stressing tape study

Coaches ask players to spend considerable amount of time on their own studying tape.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: September 18, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Head coach Mike Gundy speaks during media day for the Oklahoma State University football team inside OSU's Gallagher-Iba Arena, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Head coach Mike Gundy speaks during media day for the Oklahoma State University football team inside OSU's Gallagher-Iba Arena, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.

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