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August 17, 2013

Oklahoma State displays improvement during scrimmage

STILLWATER, Okla. —

Mike Gundy and his coaching staff got one last glimpse of his Oklahoma State University football squad in a scrimmage setting before the players get consumed by classwork with the Stillwater campus beginning classes Monday.

“We had another really good scrimmage, competition was good, their attitudes were great,” Gundy said. “It was a sound scrimmage. We didn’t really have very many penalties, which I was pleased with.

“There were good plays on both sides of the ball. Players competed and we just had a really good day.”

The Cowboys scrimmaged indoors at the Sherman Smith Training Center for the second straight week due to the first two games of the season being in domes.

A week after being none too pleased with the passing attack, first-year offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was happy with the performance of his top two quarterbacks Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh, as well as the receivers.

“Ball security was good. Neither J.W. nor Clint had a pick, so that’s good,” Yurcich said. “Now the young guys have a little more room to grow and ball security is really important. The younger guys turned it over a little bit, but they’ll learn.

“The receivers did a great job today. We got better. You can always improve — you can never have a perfect game or a perfect practice.”

Yurcich was also happy to report continued growth in the running game — a year after the loss of the Big 12 Conference rushing leader Joseph Randle.

“I thought they (Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland) ran the ball really well,” Yurcich said. “We went into a four-minute situation coming out from our own end zone and those are typically more run-oriented situations. And I thought they responded real well and ran the ball real tough.”

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