STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State Cowboys went through their third practice since school started on Thursday as they transition to practicing in the afternoon heat. After the two-hour practice the head coach, coordinators, and several players met with the media.
Mike Gundy's comments were brief and very generalized as he complimented the defense on an aggressive practice and, apparently in his eyes, a better practice than they had on Wednesday.
"We had a good workout today. The defense was really aggressive, and I think they've improved considerably over the last couple of days," the head coach said. "It's good for us to get out and practice in the heat. We're going to have a scrimmage tomorrow, about 100 plays, and then practice Saturday and Sunday. Monday will be their day off, just in school routine. We're just moving along as normal. I like where our team is at right now, but we certainly need the next few weeks of practice."
Gundy stressed that his team needed the work in the heat with the first three nonconference games at home are all being daytime kick-offs with the opener against Southeastern Louisiana at 2:30 p.m., the second game with Central Michigan at 11 a.m., and then the third game with ACC Coastal Division contender Pittsburgh at 2:30 p.m.
"We need to practice in the heat. We have three games in the afternoon, and I'm guessing the turf will be 130 degrees for each one of those games," Gundy stressed. "Maybe not so hot for the 11 a.m. game, but it could be. We need to practice in the heat. It's a big difference. We don't practice as much in the heat during preseason, but we need this prep time to get players adjusted. It takes six or eight practices to adjust to opening up in the heat."
Gundy likes to get his team into a routine and that process is well underway.