Practice Report: Rudolph Looking Good

STILLWATER – It was a return Wednesday to pads and putting in some hitting as the Oklahoma State Cowboys practiced twice on Wednesday. The morning practice was about a two-hour session with work on special teams and work on the base offense and defense and some of the situations that will be tested on Thursday in the first major scrimmage of the camp for the Cowboys.

"I felt like it was great," Cowboys backs coach Jason McEndoo said. "Having the temperatures be a little cooler and having a couple of days off really helped the guys come out and have a lot of energy."

The Cowboy backs have been getting some publicity on the radio from the likes of yours truly and also former Oklahoma State head coach Pat Jones as it has been pointed out the versatility of the position adds to the versatility of the offense.

Oklahoma State can run Air Raid material as well as power and play-action style running and passing with the Cowboys backs featured in different places and different roles.

Today head coach Mike Gundy, who turned 48 with his birthday, was happy with the practice and cited starting quarterback Mason Rudolph in one of his two Twitter posts on practice."Offensively, Mason threw the ball well today," Gundy posted on Twitter. "We got some good work on the offensive line. So far this has been a really good camp."

Yesterday, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer explained that he felt his team was getting enough physical work in with what the Cowboys were doing including the light workout on Tuesday. Today it was back to being more physical and that was reflected in Gundy's other Twitter post.

"Good practice today," wrote the birthday head coach. "Attitudes are good. Guys are competitive. DBs Green & Henry are making plays. Defense continues to be very physical."

A couple of other features of the Wednesday early practice were a pair of spectacular jitter bug runs by freshman Jeff Carr. Another freshman, Jalen McClesky, had a good catch during the practice.

There was work on special teams and the impressive aspect of that was the maturity and veteran make-up of the special teams with the depth Oklahoma State has.

Thursday is the first major scrimmage of camp. McEndoo was asked what he is looking for from his players and the team in general in the scrimmage.

"I think we’ve just got to keep bringing the physicality, putting a facemask on guys, and finishing at the top end," McEndoo said. "I think they’ve all got to be a little better with their hands, hand placement and finding out those little details that I don’t think they’ve been used to in the past."

Camp is winding down with the scrimmage on Thursday, a practice Friday, and two with possibly a mini scrimmage on Saturday and then school starts.


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