STILLWATER — When Brandon Weeden stepped up to the line of scrimmage during Oklahoma State's first scrimmage of the fall on Saturday, the junior quarterback had a completely different feeling than he did in the spring.
Three months after a solid showing in the Cowboys' spring game, Weeden is operating at a completely different comfort level this fall. Asked if he could tell the difference between the spring and early fall practices, Weeden didn't hesitate.
“From a comfort level for sure,” Weeden said after Saturday's scrimmage. “I felt a lot better today than even the spring game and throughout the spring.”
Head coach Mike Gundy and offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen both praised Weeden's performance in Saturday's scrimmage.
“I don't remember him making a lot of errant throws,” Gundy said. “He handled himself well moving out of the pocket, he stayed composed and found receivers down the field.”
Weeden was one of the standouts of Saturday's scrimmage as Gundy said he completed passes to 10 different receivers while running the first-team offense.
“Weeden will throw the ball around and find guys,” receiver Josh Cooper said. “He's looked good (this fall); he's always in the film room studying and in practice he's looked great.”
Holgorsen pointed to Weeden's decision-making as a positive to take away from OSU's first scrimmage. It is clear his comfort level has increased because he's seeing things quicker and getting rid of the ball quicker.
“He can operate (the offense) a bit quicker,” Holgorsen said. “He threw to the open guy. For the most part, I thought he made the right decisions (during the scrimmage).”
Although it's early and he has yet to run the system in a game, Weeden appears to have progressed to a point where he has a good feel for how the play will unfold before the snap.