Cowboy Football Starts Fall Camp – OSU Sports Report
Jordan King - August 2, 2019 9:46 am
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Yesterday evening coach Mike Gundy, last year’s Biletnikoff finalist Tylan Wallace, Chuba Hubbard and several other players met with the media following the first practice of the spring.
Just one day into practice, but a lot of new faces on the field for the Pokes and Tylan Wallace says there was one newcomer to his position group that caught his eye.
“I feel like Jordan McCray with him being somewhat, kind of the new guy out there, he kind of stood out to me,” Wallace said. “He was out there making plays. He still has some things he needs to work on and get the hang of, but he looked good for his first day.”
McCray is the grad transfer from South Alabama.
Gundy told the media receivers coach and associate head coach Kasey Dunn is looking for a different type of leadership role for Wallace as he looks to guide the next group of talented receivers.
“Wallace is a very hard worker and he’s very competitive and gives great effort, but [Dunn] wants him to also start coaching the young guys just like they coached him,” Gundy said. “James Washington and [Marcell] Atman and all those guys coached him.”
Finally, the offense will have plenty of options in the passing game, but Hubbard went through some of the pass catching drills as well. He says he wants to help the team in any way possible by being a complete back.
“Catching the ball is very important for me,” Hubbard said. “I want to be a running back that can do it all, that can run it on third and 1. Third and long if you need to flex me out, I want to be able to catch the ball also so that’s definitely something I’ve been working on since I’ve been here.
Some nationally must think he can do it – he was recently named to the Hornung Award watch list which goes to the nation’s top playmaker.
Gundy and company have their season starting up in just 29 days, but there was almost a season-type vibe coming across the street in Gallagher-Iba Arena with coach Mike Boynton’s crew in their open practice.
The crowd cheered with every dunk and stolen pass. Perhaps the loudest it got was when 6’10 sophomore Yor Anei stepped up and drilled a three.
Freshman Marcus Watson says he was impressed with the fan turnout, which filled much of the lower level.
“It felt great,” Watson said. “The energy was there. We’ve been having a quiet gym, to have somebody here to just hype up, it felt really good to get a little preview to the season.”
Also in basketball news, 2020 highly-rated recruit Cade Cunningham cut his list down to five and the Pokes are still in the running. OSU will still have to fend off Washington and Florida as well as blue-bloods North Carolina and Kentucky.
Finally, here are the scores from day one of the Wydham Championship in case you missed them. Matthew Wolff paced the former Cowboys at five under, Viktor Hovland and Charles Howell III both carded four-under scores, Peter Uihlein was two under, Alex Noren one under, Talor Gooch carded even par and Hunter Mahan and Kevin Tway struggled with both at four over.