Cowboy Spring Football Notebook

OSU fans will have their second chance to see a scrimmage where they just put the ball down and get after it on Friday. The NCAA permits teams to have three full scrimmages during the 15 practices in the spring. Wednesday's mini-scrimmage really amounted to a live team period. Teams are allowed a couple of half scrimmages in the spring and that is what Friday will be.

"I want to say it will be the last hour, about a 60-play scrimmage," said Gundy. "It'll be ones and twos with about 38 plays for the first team and about 22-24 plays for the twos. It'll be practice six and the defense will have in most everything and will know what they are trying to do, so we can go out there and line up and play. I want the scrimmage to be vanilla, base-versus-base. I'm not interested in reverses and a lot of stunts."

The video of the scrimmage will give the coaching staff something to look at during the break. It also will allow them to put together a modified depth chart coming back for the final nine practices of the spring, which begin on Monday, March 26. The scrimmage will also allow the offensive and defensive staffs to see what is working and what is not within their systems. New defensive coordinator Tim Beckman will get a good read on how well the defense is picking up his nuances to the 4-3 style of defense that they've been playing.

Two More Black Shirts
Add two more black practice jerseys to the defense. There were no new additions on Monday, as first week black shirts cornerback Martel Van Zant and defensive end Marque Fountain were the only ones. Safety Quinton Moore and linebacker Jeremy Nethon were added to the list Wednesday. The criteria is not known, but it revolves around effort and performance in practice.

"I know I worked hard for this jersey," Moore said after practice.

Bowman Makes Return To Football Practice
Returning All-Big 12 wide receiver Adarius Bowman wasted no time returning to football practice following the end of the basketball season. Bowman had been practicing and got a little playing time while he was out with the basketball team. The season ended for the Cowboys on Tuesday night with a 67-64 loss to Marist in the first round of the NIT.

"I couldn't wait to get back out here," said Bowman. "I wasn't going to take any time off."

"It's good to have him out there," said Gundy. "He caught one ball and ran it all the way to the end zone and he was 60 yards out, and I told him he had fresh legs because he's been sitting on the bench for three months (in basketball) and everybody is tired except him."

When asked about his fresh legs from riding pine with the hoops team, Bowman said, "Whatever you want to call it. I can play this game."

Yes he can!

Woods and Johnson Both Enjoy New Looks
Rod Johnson is not the only Cowboy defender getting time in a new spot on the field. Donovan Woods has worked some closer to the ball, looking more like a linebacker. Johnson is working some at a drop end position, but will also continue to work at linebacker. Gundy explained that the Woods move isn't in position, but instead within the scope of the defense.

"It's not a position change," said Gundy. "He's moving down to an outside linebacker. His alignment is down in an invert, similar to what Coach (Bill) Clay used to do here. It's an alignment where safeties come down. He's your invert guy because he's 235 pounds, so he is the guy that will drop down."

Woods said he likes the new look. "I think that's good," said Woods. "It'll allow me to do some different things, put me closer to the ball. I can be around the ball more and make more plays. Actually it is just a little bit more contact. Outside of that you are just running to the ball and trying to make tackles. You get closer to the ball then you should make more plays and that is what I'm concentrating on doing."

Spano Visits Practice
Recent Oklahoma State quarterback commitment Kody Spano of Stephenville, Texas, attended Wednesday's practice. Sporting an Oklahoma State shirt and cap, Spano was out on the field watching and paying attention to drills and team periods. Spano was a junior this past season.

Spano was named All District in 4A-8 and was also named the Newcomer of the Year in 5A-4A Big Country by the Abilene, Texas newspaper. He threw for 2,495 yards and 28 touchdowns and ran for another 562 yards and two touchdowns.

Spano was joined by his father, who is the offensive line coach at Stephenville, and by his mother and sister. He said he is running track this spring and his main events are the 440 and discus.

Also attending practice were several coaching staffs and coaches. The entire staff at Navasota High School, headed by Larry Fedora's brother Lee, were still on hand, along with Anadarko, Okla., Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, an assistant from East Central Mississippi, and an offensive assistant from Southern Miss University.

Re-shaping Football Image at OSU
Gundy made a statement the other day that reflects his overall CEO approach to being head coach at Oklahoma State. Gundy knows from his day as a player and assistant coach that football hasn't always commanded the respect on the Oklahoma State campus that it enjoys at a number of the Cowboys brethren in the Big 12. Gundy has identified that in every area, both on and off the field, and is looking to change the way people look at the Cowboys program.

"Our goal is over a period of time to change the way people think about football at Oklahoma State," said Gundy. "You do it by winning big games. But you also have to make your mind up as a team, and I'm really excited about our guys. They have a great attitude. They go to class, they show up on time, they lift hard, and they do what they are supposed to do. I'm really excited about them."

The academic prowess, graduation rates are all up, and while conduct hasn't been perfect it has been dramatically improved. It is something Gundy discusses with his players at every opportunity. The winning improved with the 7-6 bowl-winning season last fall, but has ground to make up in that area. It is closing ground, maybe quicker than some people realize.

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