April 3, 2013

OSU checks in with media between spring practices

Mike Gundy and company met with media for their usual Wednesday appointment, and while there wasn't much new news, there were a few interesting things they talked about.

Here's a quick run through of things that caught my ear, with bigger breakdowns of a few of them coming later in the week.

Clint Chelf says the receivers are three-deep

I caught Chelf one-on-one about this, and he was more candid than I expected in talking about it.

He said he's been "blown away" by his receivers this spring, sayng there have ben guys making plays as far down the depth chart as the third spots.

"We're rotating at quarterback, obviously, and sometimes you'll get in there with the threes and there are still guys doing some crazy stuff," he said. "I've been really impressed with those guys. Some are guys we signed, some are walk-ons, but they're all staying with our top guys."

With an emphasis on speed coming into this year, that's something that will bode well for the Pokes. He dropped quite a few names, most notably Jhajuan Seales, Charlie Moore, and Brandon Sheperd.

Desmond Roland[db] looks the part

With [db]Joseph Randle heading to the NFL, the Pokes are looking for another running back.

Roland looks like he's that guy so far.

"(Caleb Muncrief) has been looking good, but Des has been so solid," starter Jeremy Smith said.

Roland came to OSU two years ago, and has slowly ascended up the depth chart during his time. He's more of a Randle-type back than Smith, in that he's a scary receiving threat out of the backfield, as well as in the slot.

Special teams settling in

Kicker Quinn Sharp is another guy the Cowboys won't have around this year, and though Gundy didn't talk much about who his replacement is, he did say Michael Reichenstein will be the holder.

Gundy has plenty of competition at the kicker spot, with Bobby Stonebraker believed to be the front-runner at the moment. He also has two long-snappers competing for the full-time job in Andrew Suter, who snapped punts last season, and Connor Sinko, who handled field goal duties.

Yurcich wants speed, speed, and more speed

Chelf said the biggest change this spring has been the speed they want to play with.

The last couple of years, OSU has shredded defenses with their hurry-up offense and high-tempo approach. It's hard to imagine that getting faster than it has been, but that's exactly what the team said they're wanting to do this fall.

Walsh package here to stay

Gundy said that the J.W. Walsh's run package will be a part of their offense this fall.

Walsh rushed for 290 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2012, but also tossed 13 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards through the air.

The package was used almost exclusively in short-yardage situations last season, and the Walsh's threat as a passer keeps the defense just off-balance enough to make it a tough package to stop.

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