"Man, I've got to pay Hammer 20 bucks," muttered Oklahoma State receivers coach Kasey Dunn.
The ultra competitive Dunn and safeties coach Dan "Hammer" Hammerschmidt are competitors on the golf course in the summer. At today's Oklahoma State Coaches and Media Golf Day at Karsten Creek it was Hammerschmidt's group prevailing with a 58 finish, 14-under par. Dunn's group finished second at 60, 12-under par, in the scramble competition that had teams of media led by one Oklahoma State assistant coach or staff member.
Following the golf there was the opportunity for the media to speak with the coaches. The media will have an opportunity to get head coach Mike Gundy after practices during fall camp, which begins on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with the first practice. The players actually report on Monday, Aug. 1.
Hammerschmidt was not only the Oklahoma State Golf Day winner but he is a winner this fall with his safeties group, which he called one of the most talented, maybe the most talented group he has coaches in his career with a whistle.
"I'm really excited because these guys are talented and in a lot of cases they have a lot of experience," Hammerschmidt said. "When you have a Jordan Sterns, Tre Flowers, Derrick Moncrief, Jerel Morrow, and we're getting back Kenneth Edison-McGruder. We have some guys that can play and they go about things the right way."
Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is always looking for proof from the players and he was more on that topic and questions he is looking for answers to as fall camp is almost here.
"I’ve got so many, but that’s just me," Spencer said. "I could sit here and talk about all of the good. The issues are youth at end, a couple of new faces in the back end that are going to play for us, and we’ve got a good transfer coming in that I have to find out if he can help out.
"The big thing also is some guys coming off some offseason surgery: Ashton Lampkin, Jordan Burton and Vili Leveni. Those are three good players that are going to be OK. Everything says they’re working toward it, but none of them are going to be 100 percent once camp starts.”
Offensively, the big news, which was detailed in another story was the broken foot suffered by senior starting wide receiver Marcell Ateman. Ateman will be out likely until October after having surgery to repair the broken foot that was suffered last week while working on his route running.
Still, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich likes what the Cowboys have heading into the start of practice including starting quarterback Mason Rudolph, who actually is just going to be starting his 17th game in the season opener against Southeast Louisiana.
"The biggest thing with him is just the mental aspect. He’s constantly in the office, he’s always watching film," Yurcich said of Rudolph. "He works with Zac Robinson on some throwing techniques, so he’s always looking for that next step. He has never thought that he’s arrived. He’s always looking to get better. That’s a quality that all great quarterbacks have to have. He’s a film rat, and he’s getting better with his football knowledge, from defensive identification, to protections, to what’s a good run, to what different looks we receive from the defense.”
We'll have much more coming out of the golf day interviews including thoughts on the offensive line, Barry J. Sanders, transfer corner Lenzy Pipkins, and the young and veteran defensive line.