Reid, Offense Look Good On Tuesday

STILLWATER - Head coach Mike Gundy started his weekly radio call in show with some good news. He was late for the show because the two-minute drill at the end of practice ran long. "We had a few more plays than usual, which is good," said Gundy. "The offense moved the ball well and then Sunshine (Bruce Redden) came in and hit a long field goal to simulate us winning a ballgame."

The offense did have a sharp day with Bobby Reid out there for his second practice getting most of the snaps as the starting quarterback. Still based on the first two games the offense may be leaning on the defense again heading into Saturday's nonconference finale at home against Arkansas State (1-1). The Indians are fresh off a 56-7 thrashing of Division I-AA Tennessee-Martin in a game that saw Antonio Warren rush for 128 yards and two touchdowns and his backup Shermar Bracey rush for 102 yards and another score.

The Cowboy defense is 13th in the country in total defense (allowing 225 yards per game) and sixth in the nation in scoring defense (6.5 points per game), and they are ready to play the heavy. Defensive leaders Jamie Thompson and Pagitte McGee said they'll be the big brothers while the offense works on hitting its stride.

"To keep that momentum going to the bye week is really important, and like they said (Jamie and Pagitte) we're going to go out there and playing our position on the other side of the ball and let everybody come together and when we do that is when we really are going to start having the most fun," echoed fellow defender and linebacker Jamar Ransom.

Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford said he is very proud and happy with the way the defense is evolving, and he says attitude has everything to do with it.

"The thing we talked about going into that game on Thursday (last week) was that if we gang tackled and got turnovers then we were going to have fun, which meant we'd win the ballgame," Bedford explained of last week's big effort in the 23-3 win over Florida Atlantic. "We did those things. We've been stressing that every ballgame. I go back to the spring and the first three or four days we did a pursuit drill. The first day of fall camp we did a pursuit drill. Pursuit is strictly an attitude. if you have a heart you don't need talent to get to the football, and right now we have a lot of heart and talent."

Ransom has been playing with an attitude. It's been easy to do because he is happy to be playing. What started out as a spring experiment with him moving to linebacker has flourished into nine tackles, two tackles for losses, two sacks, a fumble recovery and two forced fumbles in the first two games.

"I just like being able to go out and contribute," said the El Paso, Texas, native. "That is my joy being able to go out there and play, so linebacker is another door that has opened for me and I'm really happy it happened. We're definitely having a lot of fun and credit that to coach Bedford. With his attitude he has us playing hard and that is what we are doing."

They are playing together in a team concept. The linemen help the linebackers, the linebackers help the secondary, and, well, everybody is helping everybody and it starts before the ball is even snapped.

"We talk a whole lot. A lot more than I've ever been used to or seen," said Ransom. "Now the d-linemen turn around and tell you things, so the communication starts with them and ends with the safeties. There is a lot of talk going on out there on the defense."

Ransom and the other linebackers are talking off the field too – about how much the defensive line is helping them. Sometimes it isn't reflected in the stats, but the big guys up front are doing their job.

"They are doing a great job for us up front," added the senior linebacker. "They are even communicating on things you wouldn't think of like pullers and trappers and things like that. They are telling us what they see up front, and really helping us out. They are doing a great job."

Everybody is. Now after facing two stout quarterbacks it's time to stop the run this Saturday against the Indians. Cowboys and Indians, it should be fun especially for the defense.

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