Receivers Were Outstanding In Scrimmage

STILLWATER - On a day when the Oklahoma State football players and staff were hard at work with the second two-a-day practice session of fall camp there was a milestone achieved and a mark created. The milestone was the sale of public season tickets with the current total of 36,688 being the highest number ever sold to the public.

Now, you combine that with the student season ticket sales, which set a record last year, and if they are anywhere close to matching last year's total then the season tickets sold will top 50,000 for the first time in history. Last year's overall record number was 48,714.

The mark was tweeted Monday morning by Oklahoma State associate athletic director and director of athletic media relations Kevin Klintworth as he cited football video stats from Saturday's scrimmage that the Cowboys wide receivers had 51 receptions in the scrimmage with no drops. No dropped passes in the entire scrimmage!

That says a lot about the receivers corps of Tracy Moore, Charlie Moore, Isaiah Anderson, Blake Jackson and freshmen C.J. Curry, Blake Webb, Brandon Sheperd, Jhajuan Seales, and Austin Hays. There were no stats kept or released so it is impossible to list all the receivers with catches.

It also says a lot about the three quarterbacks in starter Wes Lunt, J.W. Walsh, and Clint Chelf. The passers were, obviously, on target.

"Really, it was just what we saw – the offense was really effective. What was as impressive as anything that nobody noticed until the next day was I believe we had 51 receptions and no drops," said head coach Mike Gundy. "I don't know that I've ever been around that, so we're catching the ball effectively. Now in practice today, we had several drops which I wasn't happy with."

The Cowboys were in full pads for the morning practice that ran right at two hours and 20 minutes. It featured work on areas that showed up in the scrimmage as well as continued progress on the offensive and defensive concepts they are preparing for the start of the season. The defense came out with a good work ethic coming off the scrimmage that from all reviews was more offensive oriented.

"Defensively, we have to do an overall better job of defending the passing game, just the concepts of being in the right areas in zone," added Gundy. "They made some of those corrections in practice today."

Now as we mentioned a lot of the credit for the strong passing game in the scrimmage goes to the receivers. But all eyes and ears are tuned to talk about freshman starting quarterback Wes Lunt.

"Wes played pretty well," said the Cowboys head coach. "He distributed the ball effectively and got the ball in the hands of the guys that can make plays. He dumped it down to the running backs and used the field. He continues to display a really good demeanor. It seems like he's increased his knowledge of our offense."

As for those freshman receivers that were noted earlier, Gundy commented again on the chances that they will have to impact the team on the field this season. On Saturday, Gundy hinted that he might be inclined to play them all.

"We're going to play quite a few of them; I'm going to guess three," said Gundy on Monday with a revised count. "We're going to know more a week from now. We'll have to start making some decisions.

"The good news about those receivers is that they're physically capable of competing at this level. They have size and strength and leaping ability and seem to have durability, which obviously gives them a chance. If they're ready to play, with as many guys as we have to use, we'll certainly find a way to get them on the field."

Those receivers and all of the Cowboys players got that extra work with even more corrections from the scrimmage going on in the late afternoon workout that was in helmets, shorts, and jerseys.

The team will be back on the practice field Tuesday morning in full pads, with another two-a-day scheduled for Wednesday, another single day on Thursday, and two-a-days scheduled Friday.

This is a big work week for the Cowboys before they take two days off, Sunday and Monday, the first day of classes next week.


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