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OSU football: 'Orange Blitz' promises fun and even some scrimmaging

Gates at Boone Pickens Stadium open at 12:30 p.m., with the scheduled practice running from 1:30 to 3.
by John Helsley Published: April 4, 2014

STILLWATER – Mike Gundy has scrapped the spring game, at least temporarily.

Out with the Orange-White.

In with the Orange Blitz, which thankfully for Oklahoma State football fans isn't the latest frozen yogurt shop in Stillwater.

Gundy promises fun, if not game, and even some scrimmaging when Boone Pickens Stadium opens to the public Saturday.

Gates open at 12:30 p.m., with the scheduled practice running from 1:30 to 3.

With Oklahoma State’s overall numbers down, due to a large outgoing senior class, other departures and a few injuries, splitting sides for a game format would be neither easy nor prudent.

Instead, Gundy plans an upbeat workout that will feature drills and skills, some running commentary with him mic’d up and entertaining via the video board, and finally a scrimmage session that will stamp a competitive edge to the day.

“This will give them an opportunity to see different players compete in different drills,” Gundy said. “We’re going to try and create a ‘combine’ atmosphere, where there’s interviews and things on the video board. There will be some pre-recorded messages up there.

“I think it’ll be very entertaining. It’ll be a better day, not only for our team and our preparations, but also for our fans.”

So, what to watch Saturday?

Here’s a few suggestions, for starters:

QBs, Of Course

If it’s spring in Stillwater, there’s a quarterback battle, right?

Well, yes… and no.

Veteran J.W. Walsh seems to have a hold on the job — for now — with Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph providing the competition.

Walsh, who has started eight games over two seasons, offers experience and more of a dual-threat element to the offense.

Garman has drawn raves – even from former Cowboy Brandon Weeden – for his arm strength and accuracy in the passing game.

Rudolph, who could be winding down his high school days right now, enrolled early and carries the tag of “quarterback of the future.” It’s just a matter of when the future becomes now.

Hill The Thrill

You’ve surely heard about Tyreek Hill’s speed.

Now witness it.

The junior college transfer, versatile enough to play a receiver spot in the slot or line up at running back, has split his time this spring between football and the track team, where he’s already left his mark – and claimed some school marks.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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