August 10, 2013

Oklahoma State has their first scrimmage of fall camp

Oklahoma State hit the field for their first scrimmage on Saturday evening.

It wasn't the team's first practice in their new indoor practice facility, but it was their first time to line up and hit an opponent in a semi-realistic fashion.

Mike Gundy was mostly optimistic about his team's performance this evening, though he wouldn't disclose which unit performed better without watching the film first.

Here are a few notes on what coaches and players had to say about the day…

Gundy said that freshman kicker Ben Grogan would be the team's kicker this fall, beating out walk on Bobby Stonebraker. He also went on to say that Stonebraker was "not with us" right now, and OSU PR went on to say that Stonebraker wasn't officially off the team, but he is not practicing with them at this time.

He also said that a few players have changed positions this fall. Dominic Ramacher, who was brought in as an athlete last summer, changed from fullback to linebacker, while Deion Imade went from safety to linebacker, and Eric Davis went from defensive end to defensive tackle.

Caleb Lavey said that he's been extremely impressed by the depth in the front-seven this fall. He said that Ryan Simmons has been impressive since switching from the Mike LB spot to the Will LB spot, a hole made when Alex Elkins graduated. He also said he's happy about the motor that several of his teammates have shown, especially today.

Speaking of defense, coordinator Glenn Spencer said that his unit had a solid day, but there "were a few things that are really bugging me." He noted the defense not getting lined up quick enough to keep up with the already-fast-paced offense, and said that they were caught sleeping on a trick play as well.

I asked him about his defensive backs, and he said that their focus is to keep their intensity up. He said that their goal every practice is to force five turnovers, and they did that today.

Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said that there wasn't a particular part of his offense that stuck out to him off of the top of his head. He said they seemed to be tightening up quite a bit more, but that they still had "a lot of repetition" to get through before they were where he needed to be. He also echoed that he was impressed by the depth of the wide receivers this fall.

Everyone was excited about a few days in the IPF. Lavey said that when he was being recruited, it had been promised to him that it'd be built "awhile before now", but that he was stoked to get to play in it for a year. Yurcich said he could tell that his players had a little bit of extra excitement when they step on the turf inside, and Spencer agreed.

There were a few recruits on hand today. Steven Parker was there, as well as Cameron Booty. There were also a handful of others, which will be addressed in a later post.

...More... To continue reading this article you must be a member. Sign Up Now!