I know that practice is closed. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has had a standard of closed practices for a long time. Only occasionally will he open up part or all of a practice.
However, there will be some 135 individuals that will report for preseason camp on Friday, Aug. 5, and will be at practice on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of the Mike Gundy Extreme Camp. It's a pretty cool deal and while the price is expensive it is a once in a lifetime, more for some, experience. You get complete access to all practices, meetings, and training table meals.
Plus, There are special social sessions each night (Friday and Saturday) with Gundy and the coaching staff. One night it is actually at Gundy's house. There is also a "Meet the Newcomers" session as well.
The best attraction is the ability to watch all of practice, and because the team reports on Tuesday and begins practice on Wednesday, this time the pads will be on starting on with helmets and shoulder pads on Friday and full pads on Sunday.
One of the best periods to watch from a spectator viewpoint is the one-on-one session between the receivers and the secondary. If you want intensity and competitive fire mixed with a good dose of trash talking, then this is your period. It is heavily favored or weighted in advantage of the receivers.
First, the quarterback is not being rushed, so he has clear vision and can release the ball a little late if he can get away with it, allowing for him to see when the receiver has made space between himself and the corner or safety.
One of the reasons I like this drill so much is that it does put extra pressure on the defense and it can really improve their game and make them better. If a corner or safety gets consistent stops in one-on-one then seven-on-seven, the game will be easier.
Receivers that are really fun to watch in one-on-one drills right now at Oklahoma State are James Washington, Marcell Ateman, Jhajuan Seales and Jalen McCleskey. I would put Blake Jarwin and Cole Neph in there as well representing the Cowboy backs. I'm looking forward to freshmen Tyrell Alexander and Dillon Stoner too.
On the defensive side, Ramon Richards, Ashton Lampkin, Darius Curry, Bryce Balous, and I hear that senior transfer Lenzy Pipkins is a great addition. Safeties Jordan Sterns, Tre Flowers, Derrick Moncrief, and Kenneth Edison-McGruder are good viewing too.
If you aren't sure when the one-on-one period comes up in practice, don't worry, you'll know when it starts because it is the noisiest period of the practice.