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Saturday's Scrimmage Looks Like Good vs. Good

Oklahoma State will conclude spring practice on Saturday and it appears that Mike Gundy will have the first-team offense going up against the first-team defense inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

"We want to do the best we can do to put on a show for our fans. I would love to split teams and have a game, but if we don't feel like we have enough to be able do that and play a good game then we'll come up with some other format. But our goal is to get the players on the field with the fans for 30 minutes before the game and then have a good hour and a half of a football atmosphere. Hopefully it'll be a game, but at least enough of a scrimmage that the fans will leave and feel like they've gotten a good feel for Oklahoma State football for this fall." – Mike Gundy (Wednesday, April 7)

Gundy has a goal and because of a lack of healthy linebackers he has made an adjustment to the recent spring game format but feels like this will accomplish the goal he has Saturday of delivering a good feel for Oklahoma State fans in a football atmosphere. Our sources tell us that Gundy and the staff have decided on a game format with the first-team offense and second-team defense paired to go against the second-team offense and the first-team defense.

I like it and fans should to because it will deliver good on good with the first team and match ups like wide receiver James Washington going against cornerback Ramon Richards. Also, young defensive ends Jarrell Owens and Jordan Brailford testing themselves against offensive tackles Victor Salako and Zach Crabtree.

Plus, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor has had a stellar spring and will challenge the offensive line's interior. Starting quarterback Mason Rudolph will match up with one of the best safeties in the Big 12 in Jordan Sterns.

The twos vs. twos matchup will also have some compelling match ups as redshirt freshman offensive tackle Marcus Keyes will be tested by defensive end Cole Walterscheid and Trey Carter. Inside, Darrion Daniels, Eric Davis and Taaj Bakari at defensive tackle could challenge new transfer offensive guard Larry Williams.

There will be some good match ups with receivers and backups in the secondary too. Backup quarterbacks Taylor Cornelius will be challenged, perhaps by an older new member of the defense in Derrick Moncrief, although I could see him pulling more duty with the ones.

The game, and my understanding is it will have a game format, will start at 1 p.m. Afterward fans are encouraged to go to the field and get autographs, and take pictures with and congratulate players and coaches. It would be a strong gesture to the players to have a big crowd in Boone Pickens Stadium and there is an expectation that a lot of recruits, as many as close to 100, will be there. A large crowd is a strong gesture to them as well.

The forecast is for a 20 percent chance of rain. The severe storms are now forecast for Sunday.

The plans could change as the Cowboys practice again Wednesday, but it seems almost certain that Gundy and the Cowboys will go with this plan.

The game will not be televised but it can be heard on the Cowboys Radio Network from Learfield. Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb, and your's truly will have the broadcast starting at 1 p.m.


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