OSU Practice Report: Day 4

STILLWATER - The second day in shoulder pads for the Oklahoma State Cowboys and after what was termed an "average" practice on Sunday by head coach Mike Gundy, he saw the better in his squad early Monday morning in the two-hour, 20-minute practice on the grass fields east of Gallagher-Iba Arena.

While Sunday was as we documented a lot of give and take with the defensive line, it was mostly take by the offense during the team period as running backs Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle broke off numerous runs for good yardage.

Gundy felt the defense did a better job of battling on the line of scrimmage.

"It was better today," Gundy said after being unhappy with the Cowboys' previous practice session. "The attitude was better, it was more physical and the tempo was better. We practiced well enough to have success. It was much better today."

In shoulder pads, the offensive and defensive lines can really get a lot accomplished, and were able to do about everything they would do in full pads, from inside drill to one-on-one (a favorite of the head coach), pass pro and rush, and then team periods.

"Yesterday, the defensive linemen just allowed themselves to be pushed around but they were better today," Gundy said. "I was much, much more encouraged today than yesterday."

Through four days of camp there is one absolute with the young players and that is that Denton Guyer freshman wide receiver Josh Stewart can play. The 5-10, 175-pound Stewart has made numerous catches and on Sunday blew up a defender with one of the better hits in camp on a screen pass.

"Stewart is a player," said inside receivers coach Doug Meacham. "That cat came in here ready to play and he is making a strong impression."

Stewart had made that impression on the head coach too. Gundy said after the Monday practice that there were others making good impressions as well.

"James Castleman (freshman defensive tackle from Amarillo) was making a few plays for a guy who doesn't know what he's doing. Josh Stewart makes a few plays. Joe Mitchell (sophomore weakside linebacker) showed up some. Hubert Anyiam (senior wide receiver) is making some plays, which is good," Gundy said. "All the regular guys are making a bunch of plays."

The Cowboys will be back out at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday with stretching to begin at 8 a.m. for their first practice in full pads. It is also one of the days where they will do interviews with the media following practice.


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