STILLWATER – Dressed in full pads, the Oklahoma State football team held its 14th practice of spring ball Thursday at the Sherman E. Smith Training Facility. After the approximately two hour-long session, coach Mike Gundy shared his thoughts. His comments:
On the practice: “It was good. We practiced some and then scrimmaged. Guys got a lot of playing time, so it was good and we’ve got one more tomorrow and keep on rolling.”
On if it’s hard to keep up intensity in the last days of spring practice: “No, they’re doing good. They’re hungry. They’re a young football team, so they’re intrigued by learning and an opportunity to come out and play in a scrimmage, so it’s been good.
On the leaders in the receiver group: “Well, (Brandon) Sheperd’s made some plays. (Jhajuan) Seales has made some plays. We’ve got to have all of them based on how the defense plays it. Sometimes they want to play press and play a safety over the top of one guy, so they’re all the same.”
On the importance of scrimmaging: “In a scrimmage setting, coaches get off to the side and call plays and the players have to learn to make adjustments. They’ve got to get lined up and they get fatigued and they’ve got to see signals and see adjustments on both sides of the ball. They’ve got to read defenses and defenses got to read formations. Practice is certainly important, but game time and scrimmage time and to see what players can do in a setting when it’s wide open and they get fatigued and they get hit, is much more important than a practice.”
On running back Raymond Taylor: “Raymond’s doing good. He’s kind of emerged this spring as a guy that’s made some plays for us. The team likes him. He runs with a lot of heart and puts a lot of effort into practice every day.”