STILLWATER — Two-thirds of Oklahoma State’s spring practices have been closed to media and fans, but you don’t have to see it to know there’s a different attitude within Cowboy football this year.
The excited screams of players and coaches could be heard well outside the confines of Boone Pickens Stadium as Monday’s practice came to a close, a regular occurrence throughout spring. The boost in excitement has many sources, from the competitive nature of the workouts to the strong leadership of the team and the rising expectations of OSU football coming off a 9-4 season. "It’s a lot of fun. It’s been a very competitive spring,” coach Mike Gundy said of Monday’s practice. "We’ve got a good group of guys that understand they’re gonna be out there for two hours and 15 minutes and while you’re there, you might as well work hard, have fun, enjoy yourself and you’re gonna get better. "There’s more excitement and enthusiasm than there has been. You like to sit back, as a coach, and not have to say, ‘Let’s go guys, pick it up.’ ” Gundy says he has relied on seniors such as Zac Robinson, Andre Sexton, Perrish Cox and others to provide that motivation in what the coach called the most fun spring in his five years as head coach. "With so many seniors on the team, that’s been our motto, just go out and have fun,” said Cox, the only returning starter in OSU’s secondary.