Second Day In Pads Sees More Contact

STILLWATER - The Oklahoma State Cowboys were on the practice field for two-plus hours Monday morning at the Sherman Smith Indoor Training Center for the second practice in helmets and shoulder pads before putting the entire ensemble together Tuesday to conclude the NCAA acclimatization period.

There really is not much difference as to what the team will do in full pads versus the helmet and shoulder pads. The last two days they have had inside drill, pass protection and the skill players have gone full speed without tackling in seven-on-seven and one-on-one. The team period has been live above the waist with no tackling, just stop the runner.

"Everything is the same (on Tuesday) as it’s been," head coach Mike Gundy said. "We’re consistent. We keep it the same all the time. We pretty much practice the same in shoulder pads as we do in full pads. This is just like being in full pads."

What has been featured as well is the mental part of the game as on day four the offense goes into a repeat of its installation, which goes in three day cycles.

Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich sounds like he is almost 50/50 on his feelings as to how camp has started for the offense.

"Some good, some bad," Yurcich answered. "Typical of, this is day four; so back through the installation again at the top and had a couple of new wrinkles at them. Some of the young guys might be a little bit overloaded and that sort of thing. There’s a lot of plays being made, which is good to see, and then there’s a lot of room to improve."

"That’s the tempo we’re going to play at," Gundy explained of the pace the offense is using in practice. "We’re going to play that fast and we’re going to train like that. We’re just in our second day of shoulder pads. As guys get a better understanding of where we’re trying to go and what we’re trying to accomplish, we’ll play faster and faster."

When pressed on a player that is showing up on offense, Gundy went with the answer that most witnesses to practice would give including the Extreme Campers from the past weekend.

"I thought James Washington had a good practice,” Gundy answered as Washington apparently continued with his string of impressive catches. The veteran receivers are playing well too, but a youngster doing that turns heads.

Several of the young defensive backs made their presence felt during seven-on-seven and team as redshirt freshman Tre Flowers made several good plays and freshman cornerback Juwan Offray showed up.

Just as Glenn Spencer said after the Sunday practice to come back and check with him for some more definitive opinions after the first scrimmage on Saturday, Mike Yurcich was still a wait and see on how the offense was fairing.

"I think we’re doing just fine," he said. "It’s too early to sit back and say that right now. A few more practices, we’ll try to sit back and evaluate and see where we’re at at that point."

Plenty of meetings in the evening and the next practice is in full pads early Tuesday morning.

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