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OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden getting comfortable in new offense

Three months after a solid showing in the Oklahoma State spring game, quarterback Brandon Weeden is operating at a completely different comfort level this fall. When asked if he could tell the difference between the spring and early fall practices, Weeden didn't hesitate.
BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Modified: August 16, 2010 at 11:50 pm •  Published: August 16, 2010

“When I get the signal from the sideline, I have a feeling of what Coach Holgorsen is trying to do,” Weeden said. “If I can keep that going, I'll feel even more comfortable come game two or three.”

Maintaining that understanding of what they're trying to accomplish with a particular play call could be one of the biggest keys to the offense because it helps Weeden develop the capability to audible out of a bad play if needed.

“I see blitzes,” Weeden said. “I understand what is (happening) on the defensive side of the ball and adjust (to that).”

It all goes back to Weeden's commitment to being successful in the Cowboys' new offense. Since he realized his opportunity to be a starting quarterback for OSU, his teammates — and the coaching staff — have talked of his dedication to spending time in the film room, and Holgorsen has singled out his improvement over the summer.

“I questioned a lot of the stuff he did in the spring and told him to fix it in the summer,” said the Cowboys' first-year offensive coordinator. “And (early in fall practice) a lot of the stuff is better.”

The devotion to being successful — which Gundy said was missing a year ago — has paid off during fall practice.

Said Holgorsen: “We see him making the correct reads and making the correct checks, not all the time but you're never going to do it all the time. He's doing it (checking out of a play) more than I thought he would.”