Oklahoma State was back on the field for their first practice after the week plus off for spring break. It was a productive non contact practice and now they will be back at it on Wednesday and Friday this week.
Some Football Talk
Spring practice resumed on Tuesday inside and just outside the Sherman Smith Training Center. The Cowboys were out in helmets, jerseys, and shorts and that completes the three required non contact practices without pads. There will be some practices coming up that will be helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts. The close to two and a half hour practice focused on reviewing the installations from the first three practices before spring break and lots of drill work. There was plenty of one-on-one work and seven-on-seven with the quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers against the back end of the defense.
Noticeable plays were made when quarterback Mason Rudolph connected twice long with James Washington. Taylor Cornelius had a long completion to LSU transfer Tyron Johnson and John Kolar completed a pass over the middle on a very physical route to Johnson. Needless to say, Johnson had a good day. His Louisiana buddy, Jalen McCleskey caught a deep pass from Rudolph. McCleskey beat safety Ramon Richards on the play.
The corners had some success today as A.J. Green, Rodarius Williams, and Madre Harper all came in with some good plays as the corners were working hard on press coverage techniques.
Besides Rudolph, John Kolar and Keondre Wudtee hit on some really solid passes. Wudtee had one of the longest completions in the practice hitting wide receiver Austin Parker down the right sideline.
Even though it was a non contact practice, I spent a lot of time watching the offensive line as did one of offensive line coach Josh Henson's former pupils Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse. Morse, who is 6-6, 305 pounds, stood much of the practice with new offensive analyst and former Missouri players and assistant coach A.J. Ricker. He also chatted with head coach Mike Gundy.
Watching the offensive line, right now, the first team appears to be right tackle Zach Crabtree, right guard Larry Williams, center Brad Lundblade, left guard Marcus Keyes, and left tackle Dylan Galloway. The second team looks like right tackle Teven Jenkins, right guard Matt Kagel, center Johnny Wilson, left guard Deionte Noel, and left tackle Arlington Hambright. It is very early, but that is an interesting grouping. The competition will heat up with many more physical practices in the final 11 left in the spring.
Some Snake Talk
Head coach Mike Gundy held court with a number of media members watching practice including myself, Tulsa World columnist Bill Haisten, Tulsa World beat writer Mark Cooper, and from OSU Athletic Media Relations Sean McGuire. Gundy was talking a lot about his rattlesnake hunting experience in Okeene last week. Gundy said he asked to hold the snake that he was pictured with after catching him under a rock. The veteran snake hunters there were hesitant telling Gundy it was his first time. What they did do was wrap the snake around Gundy's neck. Gundy said he has a picture of it on his phone.
Gundy said he did ask what about getting bit and he was assured the local hospital there in Okeene keeps plenty of anti-venom.
Fifth-Year Transfer Talk
No announcement yet but one source told us that it appears that both Cal-Berkeley left tackle Aaron Cochran (6-8, 350) and Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker (5-11, 185) both say they are coming to Oklahoma State. Baker has apparently shut down his visits according to what we heard. Cochran and his father have still made some visits recently.
It looks like Oklahoma State is also going to get a visit from Notre Dame graduate transfer running back Justin Brent. The 6-2, 220 pound back has not played at all in the 2016 or 2017 seasons. He is set to transfer this summer.
If he does indeed graduate, Brent would be eligible to play for another FBS program immediately. Brent's departure was first reported by Irish 247. He was first said to be considering UCLA, Miami, Arizona State, Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State. Oklahoma State with their success with graduate transfers is now going to get a visit on the first weekend in April.
The former Speedway High School standout played in nine games in his freshman season in 2014, primarily on special teams. After redshirting the 2015 season, he missed the entirety of the 2016 season with a lingering lisfranc foot injury. When he signed with Notre Dame in 2014 he was ranked the 64th overall top prospect in the 2014 class by Scout.
Owasso Okla., offensive tackle and tight end Ethan Garner and his parents were at the practice today and Garner has announced his attentions to walk-on at Oklahoma State this summer as a freshman. Garner is 6-6, 255 pounds. He runs a reported 4.9 in the forty with a 400 pound bench press max, 450 pound squat max, and a 330 pound clean max. He is a good looking prospect and another sign the walk-on program at Oklahoma State remains very strong.