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April 18, 2013

Cowboys to test fast-paced offense at spring game

STILLWATER, Okla. —

How fast is fast? Oklahoma State University football fans, you’re about to find out.

So much has been made this spring about how new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich’s offense runs at a pace that’s fast enough to blow the decals off their opponents’ helmets. Now, it’s time for the Cowboys to show it, as they end the spring season with the football finale.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s a lot faster than when coach (Dana) Holgorsen was here,” Oklahoma State receiver Tracy Moore said.

This won’t be the first time Oklahoma State’s offense will be tested this spring. The Cowboys have already been through a couple of scrimmages this spring. Still, nothing compares to performing in front of the 60,000 fans that will likely pack Boone Pickens Stadium at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the finale.

“We have to go out and play,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “There are officials. We have noise and the coaches stay off to the side on a normal day, so they get quality work, but I think with the fans there and the lights on, it will make a difference in the approach of our athletes and how they play the game.”

“I’m looking forward to our guys getting out there, having fun, playing with excitement and feeling the joy of the gameday experience,” Yurcich said. “Even though it’s not really gameday, we’re going to try to simulate it as much as possible.”

That means running the ball, quick screens and short passes — something Cowboy fans will be see a lot of in the coming season.

“It’s just unbelievable how fast it goes,” Oklahoma State offensive lineman Parker Graham said. “A lot of us feel like we were conditioned to play in the last offense we had, and then this one is like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s even faster than the last one,’ if that’s even possible.”

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