Spring Practice: Best Scrimmage So Far

STILLWATER – As a head coach you really don't want to see one side or the other dominate a scrimmage. The hope is that both sides perform consistent with a close to 50-50 outcome when it is all over. If that is true then Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy and his staff, along with the nearly 300 onlookers Friday at the OSU practice fields, should feel pretty good following Friday's half scrimmage.

"We had a good scrimmage today," said Gundy. "I was pleased with the way the defense was moving around. We had some good hits out there. Offensively, we were able to complete some passes. Running backs were taking care of the football. We had two wideouts that put the ball on the ground late, and a tight end, and that concerns me. With the ones we had just on procedure penalty and we had some with the twos. It was really a good scrimmage today."

On the offensive side Bobby Reid continued to progress and had a very solid scrimmage, completing 14 of his 20 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown. Reid guided the offense on three sustained drives in the 79-play scrimmage. He threw a 42-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to Adarius Bowman for the longest play from scrimmage.

Reid also needed just five plays to guide the offense to a touchdown in a 25-yard red zone series that included two completions to Bowman and was culminated by a five-yard touchdown run by walk-on Chris Offor. Reid had several big completions in the scrimmage, including strikes of 34 yards and 23 yards to tight end Brandon Pettigrew. The second completion, combined with a 24-yard run by running back Mike Hamilton, helped on a scoring drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown dive by Hamilton.

Reid also had a sensational completion to D'Juan Woods on a timing route over the middle for 35 yards that Woods just missed breaking a tackle for a touchdown. The play that did have everybody talking was the 42-yard touchdown to Bowman.

"All week long we've been trying to get that - that outside seam route to Bowman," said Reid of that play. "The safeties weren't letting me throw it and I was going back to D'Juan on the other side. Finally, they bit on it and I was able to take the opportunity."

Reid added that he is feeling like he is improving with every practice this spring.

"To me personally it is important (to improve) because I want this offense to flourish and I think it starts with me and then it starts with the line and everyone else knowing what to do," said Reid. "I think, like you said, I am doing a good job of progressing and I just want to continue to do that."

It was not as good a day for redshirt freshman quarterback Zac Robinson. The Colorado native finished 2-of-9 passing for 26 yards, but he did have runs of 8, 10, 14, and 6 yards. The last two came on a red zone series that covered 25 yards in four plays for a score. Offor went five yards for the touchdown.

Alex Cate guided the offense on his best drive of the spring as the march covered 45 yards with a 41-yard catch pass and run play to wide receiver Tommy Devereaux for the score. Overall, Cate was 4-of-5 passing for 66 yards.

The defense was solid against the run and again had success rushing the passer with seven sacks. Safety Andre Sexton on the blitz had two of the sacks and defensive end Darnell Smith had a sack and a half. The defense forced one turnover as Andre Sexton popped the ball loose from Adarius Bowman and recovered it as well. The defense did strip a couple of other balls out of the hands of receivers. On a weird play early in the scrimmage Redi hit Anthony Parks for a 21-yard gain before the ball was stripped. Mike Hamilton scooped up the loose ball and gained another 12 yards for the offense. The defense also had three series where they forced three-and-out series and held the offense on downs on six other series.

Scrimmage Stats

Bobby Reid 20-14-0-227-yds-1td
Zac Robinson 9-2-0-26-yds-0
Alex Cate 5-4-0-66-yds-1td

Mike Hamilton 11-64-yds-5.9-ypc-24-1td
Chris Offor 19-56-yds-2.9-ypc-16-2td
Calvin Roberts 3-31-yds-10.3-ypc-28-0
Alex Cate 1-(-)10-yds
Zac Robinson 6-(-)16-yds (long 14-yds)
Bobby Reid 5-(-)21-yds (long 8-yds)

Adarius Bowman 6-86-yds-14.3-ypc-42-1td
Brandon Pettigrew 2-57-yds-28.5-ypc-34-0
Anthony Parks 3-51-yds-17-ypc-21-0
Tommy Devereaux 1-41-yds-1td
D'Juan Woods 2-40-yds-20-ypc-35-0
Justin Waller 3-28-yds-9.3-ypc-13-0
Zac Ross 1-9-yds
Mike Hamilton 1-0-yds

Andre Sexton – 2
Darnell Smith – 1 ½
Alex Odiari – 1
Jeremy Nethon – 1
T.J. Minor – 1
Victor DeGrate – ½

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