Cowboy Practice Report: Day 6

STILLWATER -- For the second day in a row the Oklahoma State Cowboys were in full pads and they were inside the confines of Boone Pickens Stadium. The storms moving around North Central Oklahoma and Stillwater kept the Cowboys off the grass and in the stadium. For the third day in a row coach Mike Gundy liked what he saw after calling the Cowboys practice on Sunday morning "average."

The past two days have had a little bit of a defensive edge to them with Tuesday featuring several dramatic turnovers including the one-hand snag of an interception by defensive end Jamie Blatnick. Today the offense was better. They kept the tempo faster, they ran the ball well with the tandem of Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith. Quarterback Brandon Weeden connected on several big plays with Justin Blackmon, but senior wide receiver Hubert Anyiam made several catches and freshman Josh Stewart continues to impress everybody with his catching of the football and his blocking at receiver.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Todd Monken was most happy with the execution and the fact that the offense is doing the little things right.

"The biggest thing we're stressing to our guys is taking care of the little things," Monken explained. "Focusing on turnovers, missed assignments and foolish penalties. I think we've got enough talent to have a great year on offense is we take care of the little things. We've got all the big parts. We've got all the things that are hard, now we just have to take care of the little things. When we do that, we'll be fine."

The receivers have been solid throughout camp so far with Blackmon not being the only guy making big plays. There are Josh Cooper, Tracy Moore, Michael Harrison, Charlie Moore, and Isaiah Anderson in addition to players that stood up today like Anyiam. Still Weeden, while not locked in on Blackmon seems to find him a couple of times a practice for a big play.

"I think that happens when you have a really good player at receiver and a really good quarterback," Monken analyzed. "Everybody says ‘oh, that's chemistry' and it's true, but when you throw to a guy a lot, you kind of build up that chemistry and they've been around a couple years now and the more they work together, they build that chemistry and there is trust there. That comes more from the quarterback, because the receiver always seems to run that route, but whether or not the quarterback knows exactly when he's making his break and being able to throw the ball on time."

The defense still had it's moments and Shaun Lewis had another good practice. Justin Gilbert made several plays in team and was really good in the one-on-one work with receivers. Overall, the corner with Gilbert, veteran Brodrick Brown, and Devin Hedgepeth have been playing at a high level.

The Cowboys will be back at it on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. as they work toward their first two-a-days session on Friday and a scheduled scrimmage on Saturday.

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