Spring Football: Cowboys Get Back To Work

STILLWATER - We simply can't get over the description for practice in shorts that new defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements gave the first week of spring, "practicing in pajamas." It's different, it's accurate and it's fun. Monday's first practice back from spring break was scheduled to be in shorts but Mother Nature (41 degrees) turned those shorts into sweats.

It was the third and last scheduled practice without pads through the rest of spring. It was a good day in the stadium for the coaches, particularly offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer to do more install work with their respective sides of the ball.

"I thought our players practiced really well," head coach Mike Gundy told OSU athletic media relations. "Their effort and attitude were good. We were in shorts with no shoulder pads, so it's not always easy.

"We got a lot of mental work done. Intensity was really good and our effort was good. We're looking to getting back out here on Wednesday."

All three returning quarterbacks and Arizona transfer Daxx Garman are getting work with the offense, along with a lot of reps for running backs Jeremy Smith, Desmond Roland and Caleb Muncrief.

Many receivers are seeing action, while there are only enough offensive inemen for two full groups, so they may do less rotating than any of the other positions.

Gundy was asked if he was happy with the pace and tempo of the offense in practice.

"I think so, but we'll know a lot more once we get into the fourth week," said Gundy. "The players are dealing with Mike Yurcich really well. He's relating to them at a point where we are able to play up-tempo, which is good for our defense. I would say I'm happy at this point, but we'll know a lot more later."

The Cowboys will be breaking in a new center next season with the leading candidate being Jake Jenkins, who started one game a season ago and also relieved starter Evan Epstein in several other games.

Oklahoma State has been fortunate to be well-manned over the past seven seasons.

"Those guys are doing a good job," said Gundy on Monday of the centers in practice. "Coach (Joe) Wickline has worked a couple players there, two or three, really. They're young, so you see some inexperience. Spring ball is always difficult because the defense knows your plays. They're coming along really well. I'm confident that we'll come up with a couple guys when we start in August."

Monday's practice was right around two hours and 10 minutes. The practice times are starting later with daylight savings time allowing for a good amount of time for meetings. Practice now begins with stretch around 4:10 p.m. The Cowboys will be back at it in full pads on Wednesday and Friday.

Also, the Cowboys coaching staff will host the annual coach's clinic on Friday with junior college and high school coaches from Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas expected to attend. There is still time to sign up as coaches interested can call 405-744-5737 and ask for Sharla.

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