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.