Spencer Strives For Perfection On Defense

The Cowboys were back on the practice field Tuesday after taking a day off Monday for the start of school.

STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State Cowboys were back at it for the first time since camp concluded on Sunday and the fall semester classes began on Monday on the campus. Head coach Mike Gundy and his staff had the players in full pads for a little over two hours and worked in two team periods and also in between a lengthy session with the offense and defense working against scout teams. It's a little early for preparation for the opener with Southeastern Louisiana but that will begin fairly soon. 

There were no formal announcements but it would appear that Taylor Cornelius is the backup quarterback behind Mason Rudolph. Freshman Keondre Wudtee was impressive enough in the camp and in Saturday's scrimmage to continue to get work and some reps with the varsity offense.

The freshmen that Gundy mentioned on Saturday after the scrimmage, running back Justice Hill and receivers Dillon Stoner, Tyrell Alexander and Obi Obialo are still working with first and second units on offense. On defense, there are still a handful of freshmen getting work including star linebacker Calvin Bundage of Edmond Santa Fe.

The squad grew on Tuesday as with school in session another 15 or so players were added. They were easy to spot in shorts as they go through the acclimatization period mandated by the NCAA. Among the players back were linebacker Melvin Gilliam, Cowboy back Dayton Metcalf, quarterback Josh Green, and a host of others.

A brief conversation with defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer revealed that the defense played well but had plenty of areas to improve after the scrimmage on Saturday. Offseason surgery had Spencer holding cornerback Ashton Lampkin and star linebacker Jordan Burton out. He also held out safety Jordan Sterns as there is nothing that Sterns needs to prove at this stage until the games begin.

Spencer said there are added reps for backups such as star linebackers Kirk Tucker and Bundage, and at safety Kenneth Edison-McGruder. Also, extra reps at corner for players like graduate transfer Lenzy Pipkins, Darius Curry, and a youthful trio of Madre Harper, Bryce Balous, and Malik Kearse can only benefit their progress.

The Cowboys will continue with practice through the week. They will meet again with media following the Thursday practice. At some point Gundy wanted to get a full and a half scrimmage in with the squad.

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