Cowboy Football: Spring Practice Day 11

STILLWATER - The Oklahoma State Cowboys held a spring practice Wednesday for the second time this week, and the closed practice along with no contact afterwards with the media made for little information. The practice did last about two hours and 10 minutes. Mother Nature gave the Cowboys a chance to work in wet conditions with wet footballs as a steady rain came down the last hour of the session.

The work on Wednesday was on situations, primarily on first downs and third downs. The team also moved around quite a bit. There was an inside drill and the skill positions worked a lot on the passing game and defending the pass.

On the off day a couple of offensive coaches had compliments for the defensive side of the ball.

"Our defense is going to be better," said tight ends coach and passing game coordinator Doug Meacham. "There is no doubt about that from what I have seen and what the offense has gone up against in practice this spring."

"I've been very impressed with the defense," said assistant head coach for player development and running backs coach Curtis Luper. "The secondary is playing very physical and it's been a challenge going against the defense in practice."

Pat Jones, the school's all-time winningest coach and now a talk-radio show personality in Tulsa, attended Wednesday's practice. Jones said he liked what he saw and was particularly impressed with the look of the offensive line, a lot of the skill players and the secondary. Jones watched the defense in position drills and an inside drill with the offensive and defensive fronts. The inside drill was always a favorite of Jones as a head coach.

The Cowboys have stayed very healthy throughout the spring and head coach Mike Gundy will hope that continues when he and the staff put the team through its second major scrimmage on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium. The full scrimmage is open to the public with access to the stadium through Gate 6. Gundy allowed last week's scrimmage to keep going and included some 128 plays.

Following Friday's scrimmage the team will have practices on Monday and Wednesday and then conclude the spring on Saturday, April 12, with annual Orange-White Game. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. with a special free concert in Gallagher-Iba Arena with OSU alumni and country music performer Keith Anderson.

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