March 16, 2007

Chunking apart the defense

Oklahoma State's football team completed another week of spring drills and now have a week off for Spring Break. But what was their final practice before the break like?

Although coach Mike Gundy was pleased with his team's effort after Friday's 90-play scrimmage, the third-year coach said the Cowboys execution must continue improving.

"I'm really excited about the enthusiasm of those guys playing the game as a group, but we've just got to get better in a lot of areas," Gundy said. "Part of that's spring ball, and it's the first time we've really lined up and played."

For years, Gundy has emphasized the value of "chunk plays" - plays that go 20 yards or more - and the offense delivered with several impressive scoring drives. Gundy said Oklahoma State's defense must do a better job limiting large gains, however, for the team to be successful this season.

"Defensively, they made all the tough plays and gave up all the easy ones," Gundy said. "Way too many big plays. They made good plays on normal first-and-10 situations, but gave up way too many big pass plays."

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