Spring Football Notebook

There were a reported 167 attendees at the Oklahoma State annual Spring Coach's Clinic with high school coaches from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Texas, plus a couple of coaching staffs from Mexico. The coaches had sessions all day including breakout sessions with the Oklahoma State coaching staff, and a social time on Friday night.

Two featured speakers at the clinic were Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School head coach Steve Spavital and Houston Lamar head coach/athletic director Tom Nolen.

Q and A with Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich
First-year offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich spoke after practice with Oklahoma State athletic media relations and shared this insight into what is going on with the offense this spring.

On what would constitute a successful spring: "Improvement, with major emphasis on our tempo, our speed and our ball security."

On if the offense has taken steps since the first day of practice in those areas: "I think so. I think the effort has been there. The attitude has been very good by our players and looking at each practice, we're getting to where we need to be."

On what he thinks are the most important traits a quarterback should have away from the field: "First of all, student-wise, you'd like his grades to be superior. That's very important, for him to be academically secure. The other thing is being a good community guy, somebody that's looking out for the community and doing whatever they can to help out. Those things are important. Just being a nice person. I think those things are key. If he does that, then that's all we can expect."

On how important it is to play at a fast pace: "It's what we do. It helps set things up. The way we condition, going back to what Coach (Rob) Glass does, it's who we are. It lets our best abilities come through when we wear people out late in games. That's what comes through in watching tape."

On the chemistry of the players on Oklahoma State's offense: "They respect one another and they're out to play for the guy next to them. You can feel that. The unselfishness is the one thing that really stood out."

Couple of Recruits Watch Practice
Oklahoma City (Bishop McGuinness), Okla. quarterback Jacob Lewis was on hand Friday to watch practice with his father. Lewis has been to Oklahoma State for a Junior Day and has also been seen at some regional combines and will be in Dallas next week for both the Elite 11 and Nike Invitational.

Also in attendance was Willy Ivery, a speedy wide receiver out of Sulphur Springs, Texas. The 5-9, 185-pound Ivery is listed as 4.4 in the forty. Last season he caught 47 passes for 917 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ivery was in Stillwater with his dad. He has offers from Colorado State and Texas State. He is receiving recruiting interest from Colorado, Houston, Memphis, OU, Oregon, TCU and Texas Tech, in addition to Oklahoma State.


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