STILLWATER — A new era of Oklahoma State football will be on display Saturday, when the Cowboys host an open practice at Boone Pickens Stadium.
The practice, which starts at 1 p.m., will close out the spring practice period for the Cowboys, who have a first-year offensive coordinator in Sean Gleeson, in addition to what will be an unidentified first-time starting quarterback.
“We’re going to go for about an hour and a half for the fans,” coach Mike Gundy said. “The fans don’t want to watch two hours of practice when you’re not keeping score. Fans want to see some entertaining football, and then they want to meet the players and get autographs.
“We’ll have some two-minute offense, we’ll do some 7-on-7 because people want to see the quarterbacks throw and we’ll have beautiful weather.”
A scripted 36-play scrimmage will likely be the highlight of the practice, which is free to attend as part of a day packed with an array of activities for Cowboys fans.
“Fans are coming here to see Spencer (Sanders) throw,” Gundy said. “They’re coming here to see Dru (Brown) throw. They’re coming to see certain wideouts catch it and certain running backs carry the football. They want to see young safeties and corners and defensive ends. They want to see the Australian punter out there, punting the ball.
“We’ll get some quality work out of it, but more importantly, I’m trying to have some entertainment value for the fans.”
Storylines Quarterback battle
The biggest story in Stillwater is undoubtedly the competition between Hawaii grad transfer Dru Brown and redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders and their development under Gleeson. The pair shared second-team reps last year and is expected to split reps in the brief scrimmage portion Saturday.
Wide receivers vs. cornerbacks
Going up against Tylan Wallace, a hard-to-cover Biletnikoff Award finalist, and the rest of the wideouts, has upped the performance of returning cornerback starters A.J. Green and Rodarius Williams, and the result should be entertaining for fans in attendance for the final spring practice.
Players to watch RB Jahmyl Jeter
A redshirt freshman, Jeter is listed at 6-foot and 215 pounds and could emerge as a solid option behind standout Chuba Hubbard and speedy LD Brown.
LB Kevin Henry
After starting the Liberty Bowl in place of injured Calvin Bundage, Henry is competing for a starting role and boasts versatility that allows him to play inside or out.
P Tom Hutton
A 28-year-old freshman, Hutton lacks football experience but comes from an Australian program that produced three Ray Guy Award winners for best collegiate punter.