March 13, 2014
STILLWATER - Dressed in full pads for the first time this spring, the Oklahoma State football team held its third practice of spring ball Thursday at the Sherman E. Smith Training Facility. After the approximately two hour-long session, head coach Mike Gundy shared his thoughts:
On how the practice went:
"I thought it was a good day. There's a lot of young players out there. We were aggressive, but made some mistakes. I saw some guys make some good plays on both sides of the ball. It was good experience for the quarterbacks. They moved around a little bit. The defense runs pretty fast and gets to the ball, so it was an encouraging practice."
On what changes when they put on shoulder pads:
"It's difficult to practice without shoulder pads, so the tempo is much better. I like the attitude and the style of our coaches right now. It's more like a real game when they can get in there and bang heads a little bit."
On who stood out on the first day in pads:
"I think there's a number of guys that stood out. Jimmy Bean ran around and made some plays. Sterns made a few plays at safety. Devon Thomas, a young running back, stepped up and made some plays. Several of those offensive lineman were able to step up and make plays for us."
On how Pro Day went:
"I didn't see a lot of it, but just from the response I got from Coach Glass and everybody involved with the organization it was terrific. We had a number of players here. Mike Tomlin was here from the Steelers. There were several general managers here that commented not only on our facilities, but on our organization and the structure of Pro Day and it was a really good day."
On if Pro Day adds excitement for the current players:
"There's no question. They all have a dream of playing in the NFL. When they see that many people come to watch our players run it's always encouraging and gives them hope that someday they'll have an opportunity to run for the pros themselves."