Oklahoma State had a solid practice in near-perfect weather on Friday after Wednesday's scrimmage in cool conditions.
“It was quite a bit warmer than it has been, so that tested the players early,” coach Mike Gundy said. “But they recovered and had a really good workout.”
Gundy singled out quarterback Johnny Deaton, running back Jeremy Smith, defensive tackle Nigel Nicholas, safety Deion Imade and linebacker Caleb Lavey for having strong showings on Friday.
The progress of OSU's young players continues to excite the Pokes' head coach.
“It continues to be an exciting time for me,” Gundy said.
VERSATILE COLLINS COULD HELP THE POKES
OSU was forced to burn the redshirt of Davidell Collins when the Pokes lost both of their starting defensive tackles during the first 15 plays of the 2011 season.
Heading into his sophomore season, the 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive lineman is competing to earn time in the Cowboys defensive line rotation. He moved to defensive end at the beginning of spring after spending his freshman season at defensive tackle.
“He's probably going to be a defensive tackle,” defensive coordinator Bill Young said. “From a quickness and strength (standpoint), he's tailor made in there, particularly in our speed package where he can be a big tall nose guard and knock some passes down. He'll be a utility guy who can play tackle and end.”
INCREASED NUMBERS AT COACHES CLINIC
OSU held its annual coaches clinic on Friday, hosting 173 high school coaches from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. Coaches from Kansas and other neighboring states, along with some small college coaches, were also in attendance.
“It was good to extend ourselves and open it up to coaches from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas,” Gundy said.
The number of participants in OSU's coaching clinic has increased in recent seasons.
“I can remember when we had 30 or 40 coaches around here,” Gundy said. “We've doubled it in that last two or three years.”