OUTSIDE OR INSIDE? DOESN'T MATTER FOR COWBOY RECEIVERS
Oklahoma State needs a ton of receivers in this version of the Air Raid spread offense.
There are inside (or slot) guys and outside guys. There are even two coaches in Kasey Dunn (outside receivers) and Jason Ray (inside receivers).
That, essentially, gives four positions their own mini depth chart. But Dunn doesn't want his players to think that way.
“It's all about trying to be in the top 4 for us,” Dunn said, “and we tell the wideouts, hey, you need to be No. 5. You need to be the fifth-best receiver, because you're going to be the next guy to go in. And if you're the fifth-best receiver, you need to work your tail off to be the fourth-best receiver.
“Don't worry about where you are in your (specific) position. That doesn't mean anything. Are you 2Z? 2X? It really doesn't matter. What matters is where are you in the overall pecking order of our wide receivers? We're gonna find the best four receivers we can have and put them on the field, and we'll put them in the positions to give them the best chance.”
Some guys are natural fits for a certain receiver spot. Josh Stewart belongs in the slot. Justin Blackmon belonged outside.
But OSU has had versatility at receiver in recent seasons, too. Tracy Moore moved from inside to outside last year. Blake Webb played both inside and outside as a true freshman. This season, Austin Hays and C.J. Curry are making the transition from the outside to the inside.
“The more I practice, I feel like the better I get playing inside,” Hays said, “just because I get a better feel of where people are going to be.
“When you're outside, you're more just going against one guy. When you're inside, you see corners, you see safeties, you see linebackers. You see a lot more and there's a lot more going on in your head.”
COULD FLORIDA STATE OPENER IN 2014 BE MOVED TO LABOR DAY?
Oklahoma State opens the 2014 college football season against Florida State in Arlington's JerryWorld. The game is scheduled for Aug. 30, 2014. But could that showdown against the Seminoles be moved to Labor Day evening?
ESPN/ABC often tries to schedule a marquee game on Labor Day night to celebrate the opening week of college football. And more often than not the last decade, Florida State has been the prime attraction.
Florida State plays at Pittsburgh on Labor Day night this year. The Seminoles also played on Labor Day in 2009 (home against Miami), 2007 (at Clemson), 2006 (at Miami) and 2005 (home against Miami).
OSU, like most schools, prefers to play all Saturday games but grudgingly has given in for several Thursday night games, for reasons of national exposure and fulfilling Big 12 contract obligations. However, a game away from Stillwater does not carry the same burden.
"To be honest, we haven't even talked about it," said OSU associate athletic director Dave Martin. "To my knowledge, nobody has even thrown that out there. We've never spoken about it."
OSU's schedule for 2014 posts Florida State on Aug. 30, Missouri State on Sept. 6 and Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 13.
"The things you look into are, what's the accessibility for your fans to make it to a game," Martin said. "How does that affect them going to a game and making it to work the next day? What does your coach think about it? If they're playing FCS (a Division I-AA opponent the next week), they might be interested in it. If you had a pretty tough nonconference game, they might not be fired about it."
THE TRACY MOORE WAKEUP CALL
OSU players and coaches talked extensively this week about “the grind,” a critical stretch of fall camp where players must push through physical and mental fatigue.
That includes continuing to roll out of bed for early morning practices. The Cowboys have a system set up where they call teammates to make sure they haven't slept through their alarm clocks.
Receiver Tracy Moore proclaims he's the best at the job.
“That would definitely be me,” he said. “I've got a list of like six people I call every morning.”
Who's the biggest sleepyhead?
“I called Calvin (Barnett) twice (Tuesday) morning to make sure he's up,” Moore said.