Spring Football: Cowboys Enjoy Warm Weather

Mike Gundy walked across Hall of Fame Avenue to the new practice fields Monday and liked what he saw. Not only did he enjoy the warm temperatures that were perfect for working out his Oklahoma State Cowboys but he also enjoyed seeing what his team did on the eighth day of their allotted 15 practices in the spring.

"It's the first time that I've walked across the street where I felt like what spring ball usually feels like around here. It's been unusually cooler than what we've been accustomed to, but it was a really nice day and I think we're going to able to get some good work in this week with the weather," Gundy said.

The Cowboys head coach was pleased with his team after a rough start.

"I thought it was good. We were a little sluggish. I told the team it looked like we had a little bit of a Monday hangover, but overall we got our work done and we had a good team period," the OSU head coach said.

"We still have a number of young players that are improving. I like our defensive guys. Devante (Averette) made some more plays today. I like what Kevin Peterson's doing. Ryan Simmons is running well. Sam Wren continues to show up and make plays, and I think our offensive line is improving.

"The twos are inexperienced and they're improving slowly, but surely. I like the coaching that they're getting from Bob Connelly. We have a number of running backs that are getting a lot of reps with Des (Roland) not being out there this spring. They get a little bit better each day.

"We kind of force Tyreek (Hill) more things every day; split him out some at receiver, play him a little bit at running back. He starts to pick some up and it seems like he's getting in a little bit of football shape. So overall, we're doing OK."

Safeties Daytawion Lowe, Shamiel Gary and Zack Craig used up their eligibility last season, and that means the Cowboys are going to be extremely young at that position in 2014.

"That's really what they are. Larry Stephens is coming back and he's giving us a little bit of work, but other than that they're young players that are out there and they're learning and they're getting a lot of work," Gundy said.

"They're having to learn the game really fast, and with the tempo of our offense it's not always easy, but they continue to improve. (Tre) Flowers and (Jordan) Sterns each day are getting a little bit better."

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