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April 18, 2013

Cowboys to test fast-paced offense at spring game

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STILLWATER, Okla. —

For Yurcich — who will be calling plays from the coaches’ box as opposed to on the sideline — Saturday won’t necessarily be about speed. Instead, it will be more about accuracy and evaluating the plays already in place.

“We’ve simulated game time several times throughout this spring, so I think we have a firm grasp of how fast we’re going and the tempo,” Yurcich said. “This Saturday won’t be the only opportunity to evaluate that. We’ve been evaluating ourselves along the whole process this spring.

“There’s not too much that you can take away from this game that we don’t already know. I think the first 14 practices really showed us a lot of things. This game is more about getting out there and trying to execute some of the base concepts that we have.”

Gundy said he would like to play a 60-minute game for the finale, hoping to get about a hundred plays in. But because of the lack of depth on the offensive line, he will likely shorten the finale to about 50 or 60 plays.

“We’d like to play a 60-minute game, somewhere in the neighborhood of 80-90 plays, but we’re going to run the clock a little bit more than in a normal game because we don’t have the numbers to compete on that many plays,” Gundy said. “... It’s a lot of fun and we look forward to it. Our goal is to get 50-60 plays out of the game.”

The good news about the quickened game? With Yurcich’s fast-paced offense the scrimmage will likely be over before the tailgating food gets cold — something Yurcich said he’s most excited about.

“They say the tailgating food around here is pretty good,” Yurcich said. “I wouldn’t mind getting some barbecue.”

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