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The media had a chance to talk with head coach Mike Gundy on Tuesday for the first time since Oklahoma State's first major scrimmage of the fall. The scrimmage took place Saturday giving the coaches plenty of time to review it on Sunday and even further on Monday.

"I felt good about our last scrimmage when I watched the tape," said Gundy of Saturday's 115-play session. "For the first time in a number of years I felt better after I watched the tape than I did before. Usually I felt better before the scrimmage than I did after I watched the tape. I really feel good about our team after that scrimmage."

Gundy had kind of given the defense the edge on Saturday after the scrimmage, at least early in the scrimmage, but he wasn't playing to one side or the other in the review.

"I think just overall, I think the defense was in position and I thought the offense played fairly well," said Gundy. "I thought our linemen covered guys up fairly well. It's hard to grade it because you want one team to force turnovers and you want the other not to turn it over. Overall, I thought the effort was good and the players were further along than I thought they would be."

Senior cornerback Perrish Cox said the defensive coaches were pleased in their video session complete with compliments.

"I think it went real well," said Cox. "Even the coaches had good things to say about us. We were flying around and got quite a few turnovers. Overall, defensive-wise I thought we had a very good scrimmage."

With so much experience on the team, maybe missed assignments are kept to a minimum. That always pleases coaches but Gundy said when it came to his being pleased with what he saw, that really wasn't it.

"We still have mistakes and I don't know if there are any more or less of them than there has been at this point," answered Gundy. "Overall, we were pleased with the scrimmage."

It is pretty simple as the Cowboys have a chance to get into a routine. The same routine that they will carry out much of the season except for the open week and the second to last game week of the regular season when they host Colorado on a Thursday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The team will practice each day this week at 3:30 p.m. and then will scrimmage on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. That, obviously, is the same time they will kick off on Sept. 5 against Georgia.

All practices the rest of the season are closed to the public.

The explosive Oklahoma State offense was picked as the top offensive unit in the nation going into the 2009 season by, it was announced Tuesday.

The Web site's reasoning for placing the Cowboys in the nation's top spot: "Want to beat Oklahoma State? You might have to put 45 points on the board just to hang around with Zac Robinson and the Cowboys… After finishing seventh in the nation in total offense two years ago, the OSU offensive machine was even better finishing sixth in the country averaging 488 yards and 41 points per game. Possibly the nation's most balanced and efficient attack, there are four superstars to build around in QB Zac Robinson, WR Dez Bryant, OT Russell Okung, and RB Kendall Hunter, with Bryant and Hunter likely to be among the top ten players taken in the 2010 NFL Draft."

The rest of the top 10 included No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 USC, No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Texas, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Illinois, No. 9 LSU and No. 10 Oregon.

The Web site also ranked position groups, placing OSU's quarterbacks, running backs and offensive line all fourth in the nation, respectively.

Additionally, the site tabbed Dez Bryant as the nation's top receiver and No. 7 player overall and Russell Okung as the nation's top offensive lineman and No. 38 player overall.

That continues the preseason cavalcade of honors for the Cowboys and for quarterback Zac Robinson. Robinson, who appeared on ESPN's College Football Live on Monday, has been named to the Unitas, Manning, and O'Brien award watch lists.

"You do notice some things but other things you don't know about until your parents call you some day and say, 'Hey, did you see this?' You're like, 'What?' It's always nice to be recognized and have some publicity. I'm having a lot of fun with it. That's it."

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