Head coach Mike Gundy was asked about his defensive expectations as last season new defensive coordinator Bill Young took a more veteran unit all the way to 31st in the nation in total defense. They improved dramatically in several areas including turnovers forced. Gundy was asked if he expects even more or at least the same level of success this year from Young and the defenders.
"The level that we want Bill (Young) to sustain is the information that these guys can gather," said Gundy. "We want them to perform at the highest level that they can.
"Whether (freshman) Joe Mitchell can perform at the same level as Andre Sexton early in his career is probably not going to happen. But we want Joe Mitchell to perform at the highest level he can where he's at in his career.
"I think Coach Young will tell you that he expects them to play very well. He expects them to be in the right place, to tackle well and to play with great effort. From an experience standpoint, they aren't going to be able to take over where those guys were that just left here."
This should not come as a surprise but returning All-American running back Kendall Hunter is not getting a lot of reps in full speed contact work. Coming off an injury that kept him out of much of last season, Hunter gets a few reps and those have become known as Kendall sightings.
He gets lots of work in drills and non-contact situations, but no need to risk his health as much in practice. That is prudent, even though he would love the work.
"He loves it, playing in the offense," said quarterback Brandon Weeden. "He's going to get his touches out of the backfield through handoffs, screens, whatever we have to do to get him touches.
"Kendall's a vital part of this offense. We all know that, and he's a great player and I'm glad he's on our side. It's a fun offense. All our running backs have done great with it and are transitioning really well."
Hunter loves the time that he is out there. "I'm really excited. I'm happy to be back with the team."
"I know this, I have never coached one that is better," said offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen as he and Hunter have a mutual admiration society going.
"He's a real great, laid back guy who lets us go out there and have fun," said Hunter on Holgorsen.
Pat Jones Sighting
Former Oklahoma State head coach Pat Jones took in all of Tuesday's practice. Jones saw his former quarterback and assistant coach and now Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy using some of the attitude he learned in playing for Jones on the practice field. We will have more on Jones and what he thought about the Cowboys coming up in our Wednesday practice report.
Season Tickets Delivered
As practice was ending a truck pulled up with a bunch of sealed boxes for delivery to the athletic department. Asking the question, what's in the boxes? I found out that the boxes were full of the football tickets for this season. Those interested should know that those tickets will soon be going out to tickets holders. Yes, the tickets are in.