The absence of tackling has actually allowed OSU to scrimmage more than in previous springs. But the main reason behind the philosophy is to keep players fresh, both physically and mentally, and prevent injuries.
Last season, no Cowboy that played regularly was seriously injured during a practice. Devin Hedgepeth (Achilles), Hubert Anyiam (foot), Jonathan Rush (knee) and Deion Imade (knee) all suffered season-ending injures, but they all happened during games.
This spring, cornerback Andrae May tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a half-speed drill, but receiver David Glidden (high ankle sprain) is the only Cowboy to get hurt during the contact portion of practice.
“That was it. One guy,” Gundy said. “For me, I feel good about that. You always worry about losing a guy in the spring, because you're not getting ready to play a game.
“You've got to play full speed — they have to learn to play the game — but I've just been around so many guys that unfortunately got hurt in the spring. It just wears on you as a coach, so I'm real happy with the health of our football team going into the game (Saturday).”
Saturday will be filled with plenty of OSU-related activities in Stillwater. The Remember the 10 run starts at 9 a.m. Admission to the spring football finale also includes a ticket to the Cowboys' baseball game against Texas Tech at 2 p.m. at Reynolds Stadium. There will also be a 30-minute meet and greet with football players following the scrimmage.
And even though there won't be as much hitting as in the past, one of Gundy's main goals is still to entertain the fans that will be seeing the Cowboys live for the first time since the Fiesta Bowl.
“This has always been a chance for the fans to come see the players,” Gundy said. “Most of our work is done. We want guys to get out there and run their plays. We want to compete…(but) you're kind of limited to what you can really accomplish.”
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Saturday in Stillwater
There will be plenty of events for OSU fans in Stillwater on Saturday. Here's a rundown of the day's activities.
Remember the 10 Run
7:30-8:30 a.m. Race-day registration begins
9 a.m. Fun Run begins
9:20 a.m. 5K and 10K runs begin in waves
10:45 a.m. Awards ceremony
Spring Football Finale
12:30 p.m. Scrimmage begins
2 p.m. (approximately) 30-minute meet and greet with players
Baseball vs. Texas Tech
2 p.m. First pitch
*Admission to spring football finale includes ticket to baseball game
Women's Tennis vs. Texas A&M
2 p.m. Match begins