Cowboy Spring Football - Day 14

STILLWATER - All that's left now is for the 30,000-plus Cowboy fans that Mike Gundy challenged to show up on Saturday and enjoy a "real" spring game as the Oklahoma State squad will be split up and play under as close as possible game conditions. The Cowboys wrapped up the practice portion of spring football on Wednesday with a half practice/half scrimmage.

The scrimmage consisted of 80 plays ranging from long drive situations to drives starting in plus territory to two-minute offense. Offensively, quarterbacks Bobby Reid and Zac Robinson each led scoring drives and Dantrell Savage participated in only about seven plays in the scrimmage to show he still has the ability to dominate like he did in the Independence Bowl win over Alabama. It was Savage's most extensive action in any scrimmage during the spring.

Overall, Gundy said it was the defense that impressed him most in the scrimmage, which matched mostly the first units on both sides of the ball going against second units.

"W just finished up a nice scrimmage, 80 plays or so, and had a good scrimmage and everybody stayed healthy," Gundy said after the two-hour, 45-minute practice/scrimmage. "Now we're ready to take a few days off in preparation for the spring game. The players are looking forward to it. We've got the teams divided up and after we have our injury check at our staff meeting tomorrow morning we'll go ahead and release what those teams will be. The reason is we don't have a lot of depth and we have to make sure they're divided up correctly before we release it."

The first team defense allowed few first downs in the scrimmage and no scoring plays. In fact, the defense created its own points early in the scrimmage when field cornerback Jacob Lacey picked off a deep pass attempt from Zac Robinson and serpentined a 60-yard return for a touchdown.

The only other interception in the scrimmage came later when Alex Cate made a nice move to avoid the rush while quarterbacking the second offense. Cate should have thrown the ball away but tried to squeeze it in to a receiver coming back toward him, but instead Perrish Cox picked the pass off in tight quarters.

The defensive line had a good day as defensive end Marque Fountain made several tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Defensive tackle Maurice Cummings bulldozed running back Julius Crosslin for a one-yard loss on a third-and-three play to stop a drive on the 38-yard line in the plus end of the field. On the second team defense Quencey Patrick continued to show up as he sacked Bobby Reid twice, for three- and five-yard losses.

"The defense played very well today," said Gundy. "The offense had too many penalties and I think we had a couple of interceptions. We just didn't play very well offensively. Defensively, we ran to the ball well and made some plays. I thought that they had more enthusiasm than the offense today."

On the offense Savage was as good as gold. He has been given a light load in scrimmages, but Gundy has said he will carry the ball in the spring game on Saturday. Wednesday he came in and carried three straight times with the number one offense. The first was a blast inside that went for 20 yards, the second was an off-tackle play to the left that covered 23 yards, and the third straight carry went for four yards. The next play Robinson found standout wide receiver Adarius Bowman on a skinny post for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Very unofficially, we had Savage with seven carries for 94 yards. "He's pretty good," said Gundy in an understatement. "He can make some plays. When he is in there he is pretty good at making a play. We don't use him very much in the spring, and he should be a very good player next season."

The other scoring drive for the offense was propped by Reid's passing as he connected with fullback John Johnson over the middle for 10 yards and to Anthony Parks outside for nine yards. Running back Keith Toston had 10 yards on two carries to assist before Reid finished the drive with a seam route to Bowman for an eight-yard touchdown.

Toward the end of the scrimmage Robinson, playing with the first offense, hit wide receiver Artrell Woods in stride for a 45-yard touchdown pass as Woods used his speed to get separation from cornerback Terrance Anderson.

Special teams also got some work as all three PAT attempts during the scrimmage were perfect and kicker Jason Ricks was just short on a 60-yard field goal attempt. They also worked kickoff and punt returns with Cox and Tommy Devereaux showing off their speed and return ability against scout units.

Cowboy fans are encouraged to attend the Orange-White spring game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, and 1,200 club seats available were sold out at $25 apiece.

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