I will say this from my observations, and I think the orange glasses were off this year. I thought getting to eight wins this season would be a struggle when camp started. I now feel good about this team winning eight games.
"We are certainly as far along as we can be right now with the veteran players and then you have another category of younger players and I think they are as far along as they can be right now," Gundy said.
"They get a chance to get away from us tonight," Gundy detailed. "They don't have any meetings and they don't have to come back until after church for a full day of meetings and academic meetings to get ready for school.
"We have to go from camp into an in-school routine so they will have tomorrow off their legs and have 48 hours, really 60 hours off their legs to try and rehabilitate their bodies and get ready to get back to work on Tuesday."
In a good question, Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World asked about whether tonight was one with no worries for a coach or one where he worries with his players going out. Haisten, but the way, is the father of a freshman student at Oklahoma State.
"We lecture them every day just like we do our own children and we just got finished talking to them," Gundy answered. "But they live in a different day and age than we did. It is no different than the conversation I have with my kids when they leave the house."
The spacious studio has a big set and a really nice control room with a 48 source Yamaha state-of-the-art audio mixer and a Ross video mixer and plenty of room for a complete production team. The facility is the brainchild of associate athletic director for communications Kevin Klintworth and Orange Power Studios director C.J. Lickert. The studio and control room are connected by fiber optics to all of the athletic facilities.
They also have and will utilize two amazing drones with HD cameras that get fantastic airborne pictures.
"They are all making plays, (Jhajuan) Seales is making plays and Shep (Brandon Sheperd) is making plays," Gundy said. "(David) Glidden made plays and a couple of freshmen are making plays. I wouldn't say any one, because we are playing so many of them at one time, four at a time in the scrimmage. We usually play six but we played as many as nine in this scrimmage."
This season he is having to play a lot of young players. After the scrimmage he named a name.
"The young linebacker that is making strides... You guys are always wanting names and I never give out names, I get that," Spencer set up. "That young linebacker is Justin Phillips. He has really showed up and he can tackle you. He will put his face on you."
Phillips played a long season as a senior at Pearland High School as they went all the way to the Class 5A state championship game before losing to Allen High School.
Could that long season have helped Phillips be ready? "Sometimes, you just see him in practice and on film put his face on people," Spencer said, saying he was not sure the senior year had as much to do with it. "I had him in camp coming out of his junior year so I got to see him move around live. He is a good player and is going to be good for us."
Connelly admitted he really felt much better this week with the addition of two offensive line commitments. The Cowboys picked up tackle prospects Josh Jones out of Richmond (George Bush), Texas and Brandon Pertile of Mesa C.C. in Arizona.
Connelly can't comment on the two prospects that committed but he can say how happy it makes him feel.
"It does help me sleep a little easier at night to know you have three of a group of five or maybe six," Connelly said with a big smile. "Again, the recruiting is a long, long process and until you get it inked and get them here a guy can be committed here this week and next week he's going somewhere else. It is about relationship and I need to continue to develop relationships with the players and their family. Yes, I feel much better today than I did a week ago having three as opposed to one."