"They're guys who have played a lot of football so they're very confident. They're fun to be around," Monken said. "They're relaxed, but when the lights come on and practice starts, they're all business, they work hard at it, they're competitive and they're prideful guys. They're fun to be around and they're really confident."
It has been obvious in fall camp so far that the defense has more players, not as many as they would like to, but more than in the past and a lot more in crucial need areas like defensive tackle and linebacker.
"I think so. Athletically, we're further along now than we have been in the last six years," Gundy said. "There's some inexperience there. I kind of use the term ‘no-name players,' but they move around really well. James Thomas has been in a lot of plays, and obviously Jamie Blatnick and Devin Hedgepeth is a young player that has a lot of good reps ahead of him. I feel good about where we are at. We have to continue to work hard and stay healthy." If you do that then this group will be fine.
After a senior season that was injury marred at Abilene High School, Herschel Sims, hero and MVP of the 2009 State Championship Game, is looking to get back in running for lots of yardage. After woking in Stillwater all summer, head coach Mike Gundy is giving Sims the opportunity of being able to show he is ready.
"He had several carries and we're to the point now where you can find out if a freshman can handle the load," said Gundy of Sims work day on Tuesday. "I notice they're giving Josh Stewart quite a few reps down there on offense. Defensively, there's some guys that are getting in and getting work, and that's where you can find out if they can handle the load early in their career."
Sims has not fumbled and that has been a problem for fellow freshman Desmond Roland. Both are excellent athletes and will play a lot snaps in time.