STILLWATER – The new uniforms were laid out in the lockers on Saturday afternoon in Stillwater as the Oklahoma State Cowboys went through a near 150-play scripted walk-through in full uniform with officials present. The coaches were on the headsets with the coaches that will be in the press box on game day going upstairs. This is more than a radio check as it is a dress rehearsal for the entire program. Former head coach Pat Jones started this years ago and Gundy, part of those early rehearsals as the starting quarterback, has continued to have them as a head coach.
The script, which includes diversions such as a weather delay, also calls for an overtime at the end. The team starts by going through the full pre-game warm-up routine and then performs the walk through, which is non-contact, against scout teams representing, in this case, Southeastern Louisiana. It's a good prep to have everybody comfortable. Also, if the uniforms need any adjustment or game shoes need to be a size bigger it is better to find that out today than next Saturday when it all happens for real.
One of the running backs on the list for duty next Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana is freshman Justice Hill. Hill has not acted, practiced, or performed in scrimmages like a freshman. No doubt today in the walk through, he didn't carry himself like a freshman. As a senior at Tulsa Booker T. Washington, Hill rushed for 1,948-yards and 32 touchdowns. He has been as impressive as those numbers make him sound in fall practice for the Cowboys.
Last night in Miami, Okla., NEO A&M Junior College was impressive in a scrimmage against Bacone College scoring five touchdowns and allowing none in the scrimmage. Directing a couple of those scores was former Washington quarterback Cordale Grundy. Grundy quarterbacked Washington as a senior in 2014 and handed to a young back in Hill, who as a junior rushed for 1,426-yards and 22 touchdowns on 219 carries. Grundy, who is pretty dangerous himself as a runner and passer, told me he is not surprised at all on how Hill has adapted to Oklahoma State and he is rooting his former teammate on this season.
NEO A&M opens their season officially next week at New Mexico Military Institute.
Hill and the Cowboys will practice on Sunday, take Monday off, and then game week is truly in gear as Saturday and the opener with Southeastern Louisiana approaches.