March 25, 2013
STILLWATER, Okla. - Fresh off spring break, the Oklahoma State football team practiced for two hours Monday in clear and chilly conditions dressed in no pads inside Boone Pickens Stadium. After practice, coach Mike Gundy shared some of his thoughts on what he saw:
On Monday's practice, which was the first back from spring break:
"I thought our players practiced really well. Their effort and attitude were good. We were in shorts with no shoulder pads, so it's not always easy. We got a lot of mental work done. Intensity was really good and our effort was good. We're looking to getting back out here on Wednesday."
On if he's happy with the speed and tempo of the offense at this point:
"I think so, but we'll know a lot more once we get into the fourth week. The players are dealing with Mike Yurcich really well. He's relating to them at a point where we are able to play up-tempo, which is good for our defense. I would say I'm happy at this point, but we'll know a lot more later."
On the transition to a new center:
"Those guys are doing a good job. Coach Wickline has worked a couple players there, two or three, really. They're young, so you see some inexperience. Spring ball is always difficult because the defense knows your plays. They're coming along really well. I'm confident that we'll come up with a couple guys when we start in August."
On what prompted Lyndell Johnson's move from linebacker to safety:
"He's doing well. Again, it's so early that it's hard to tell. He's rangy and he runs well. We need some more depth at that position and we already have a lot of depth at the linebacker spot. Hopefully, it'll work out well for us."
On if he's noticed anyone new taking a leadership role on the field:
"I don't think anybody that the fans wouldn't be aware of. We're just not into it that much. We've just had two padded practices, so we're really a couple weeks away from seeing some of the younger guys step up in a leadership role."
On how his NCAA Tournament bracket is doing:
"I don't think anybody's bracket is doing very well. Certainly not mine. A couple big teams fell through. It has been very entertaining to watch. Florida Gulf Coast, LaSalle and some of those other schools that people didn't think had an opportunity, they're entertaining and fun to watch. That's the reason it's a great tournament. It's been very enjoyable."