OSU football: Workouts end Saturday with what is typically known as the 'spring game'

Don't call it the Orange-White game, either. One team will wear orange uniforms, and the other will don gray.
by Gina Mizell Published: April 19, 2012

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State athletic department has called it a spring “finale” for more than a month.

Cowboys' safeties coach Van Malone called it the “Orange Blitz” on Twitter on Wednesday.

Of course, the common term for what they are describing is the traditional spring “game,” which will mark the end of spring football practice for the Cowboys. But the reluctance for those inside the program to just flat-out call Saturday's event a spring game has raised questions about what exactly fans will pay $5 to see at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. And as late as Wednesday, even coach Mike Gundy was still unsure about all the details.

Turns out the format won't be anything too out of the ordinary.

The Cowboys will be divided into two teams, where the first-team offense will go up against the second-team defense and the second-team offense will go up against the first-team defense in a 75-play scrimmage. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken will call plays for both sides, and quarterbacks Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt and running backs Herschel Sims and Desmond Roland will play for both teams. The rest of the assistant coaches will be split between the two teams, and Gundy will direct the scrimmage from the middle of the field.

“At one point, we thought about whether we just wanted to scrimmage (all offense vs. all defense), based on trying to get some sort of a rotation with the quarterbacks,” Gundy said. “We're going to end up just splitting it up. We'll have a game, and some of it will be a running clock and so on and so forth.”

Just don't dare call it the Orange-White game — because one team will wear orange and one team will wear gray.

The biggest difference between OSU's game and the typical spring game, however, is that it will be a “thud” scrimmage, meaning there will be no tackling all the way to the ground.

That is consistent with Gundy's broader practice philosophy that began during fall camp last season. The Cowboys didn't tackle during any scrimmages during the preseason and had a lighter practice schedule during the season.

That strategy led to a 12-1 record, Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl victory in 2011. So OSU followed the same model this spring, with no full-blown tackling during its three scrimmages so far.



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