OSU football notebook

By Scott Wright Published: August 16, 2008
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Gundy impressed with improvement of defense
Success breeds success.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy spoke that phrase after Friday's practice as he discussed the improvements of his defense.

With little success to speak of last season, when the unit ranked 101st nationally in total defense, Gundy is hoping that getting a taste of success in fall camp will produce better results on game day.

"I'm glad they're performing well and developing some confidence,” Gundy said. "The more success they have, I think they feel more comfortable with each other.

"They'll play well this year. They'll get better.”

•Scrimmage outlook: The Cowboys will have their second major scrimmage of the fall at 2:30 p.m. today inside Boone Pickens Stadium. The event is closed to the public. Gundy said the scrimmage will last for about 100 plays.

"We're gonna work on base fundamentals,” he said. "We'll just try to play to the speed of the game. That's something I think most coaches — at least I know I get concerned with. Are they getting enough full-speed work so they can play to the speed of the game.”

Gundy said quarterback Zac Robinson and tight end Brandon Pettigrew will both take part in this scrimmage after sitting out last Saturday.

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