OSU football practice

LD Brown carries the ball during an Oklahoma State practice last week. DEVIN LAWRENCE WILBER/for the Tulsa World

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s first football game of the season, at Oregon State, is nearly two weeks away and coach Mike Gundy is kicking up the intensity a notch in practice after starting the week with a day off.

“We had a heavy practice today,” Gundy said Tuesday. “It will be heavy the next two or three days and then another day off. And then we start to get into somewhat of a taper-down schedule with the guys.”

The Cowboys are still working a few things out before the start of the season, but here are a few updates on the process:

‘Quality contact’ in scrimmage

The Cowboys had a 110-play scrimmage over the weekend that allowed them to get better game-day preparation ahead of the season. Gundy was pleased with the outcome.

“Guys played hard,” Gundy said. “We got some quality contact and fortunately we stayed healthy. That’s always the issue you worry about that. But we turned them loose and let them play and we got some really good work.”

Quarterbacks make strides

Gundy already announced Monday during the “Night with OSU” at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel that he wasn’t going to have much of an update on the quarterback battle, but he did share after practice Tuesday that both quarterbacks are getting more comfortable understanding the offense.

“They’re making plays,” Gundy said about quarterbacks Dru Brown and Spencer Sanders. “Everybody knows (that) for me, you’ve got to take care of the football. … You have to be able to run our offense at a very up-tempo style, and both of them are getting a little bit better every day.”

Defensive linemen are getting even reps

OSU lost six players on the defensive line who combined for 107 career starts and now those athletes need to be replaced. There are two players who have game experience, but neither of them has any career starts.

“We’re playing six to seven guys who are all rotating in,” Gundy said. “There’s not enough difference to say that one guy is getting more reps than the other.”

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