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Notebook: QB Talk After Day 1, Highly Touted Freshmen and Big Receivers

Day 1 of fall camp is in the books.

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STILLWATER — The Cowboys are through Day 1 of fall camp.

Oklahoma State had it’s first practice of what could be a promising season Thursday. The media were granted access to the first 20 minutes of practice, as well as some interviews afterward. Here are a few things of note.

Gundy, Gleeson Talk Quarterbacks

Mike Gundy didn’t name a starting quarterback one day into fall camp.

If a guy won the job one day in, OSU might be in some trouble, but for now, it’s same old, same old with the most polarizing position in football.

“There’s not any news on quarterback, obviously,” Gundy said. “If there is during the next week or so, I’ll certainly let you know. … There’s nothing that would happen between last week and now. Obviously, we haven’t practiced. They’re all out there, and they’re doing good.

“It should be a while before we know what direction we’re gonna go there. As soon as we know, we’ll certainly let you guys know.”

The media were allowed to watch the first 20 minutes of the team’s practice, where we saw Dru Brown lead the quarterbacks stretch line, but don’t jump too quickly to conclusions, as it seemed more of a seniority thing than anything else, as walk-on Shaun Taylor was ahead of Brendan Costello.

Gundy thought back to his playing days when asked how Brown and Spencer Sanders feed off each other.

“When I was in those situations, I could only reflect back that you would want to compete,” Gundy said. “Everybody wants to play. That’s part of it. It’s a unique position where you need to learn from each other, but also compete.”

New offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson said he was happy with the pair’s retention from the spring. He said the first day of the spring there were quite a few interceptions thrown, but this practice would rank up there with the better from the spring.

“They were both great,” Gleeson said. “I’m usually kind of an energetic, fun guy, and that’s not hyperbole. They were good today. The whole group was good. They were running around a ton, and they had a lot of energy and focus.”

Langston Anderson and Deondrick Glass

It was the first collegiate practice for highly touted recruits Langston Anderson and Deondrick Glass.

We’ll start with Anderson, who seems fine after tweeting out that he had been in a car accident earlier this summer. In fact, he was kind of jacked.

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He looked solid in the few minutes the media was able to watch of him, but it’s a tall order for anyone to break into that deep wide receiver group right now.

“I hadn’t watched too much film on Langston,” Tylan Wallace said. “I mean, I knew he was a good football player, but going out there, him being a new guy, he looked just like me when I first got here. Kinda still gotta get the hang on things and how things are run and how the offense runs. But I definitely think he’ll get there.”

It’s interesting that Wallace said Anderson looked like he did because here’s what Chuba Hubbard said of Glass.

“Good kid,” Hubbard said. “Yeah, real good kid. He kinda reminds me of me when I first got here in some ways. He has some things to work on, but he’s a football player. He’ll do great. He just needs to keep working hard.”

It isn’t all rainbows and Hubbard comparisons for Glass, though. After Gundy talked in the spring that Glass could play into the race to back up Hubbard as a true freshman, he said it could be tough after his first day.

“He’s got a ways just to get into the three-deep right now,” Gundy said. “Or four-deep. He’s a good talent, we like what he’s done, but there’s guys ahead of him whose bodies are completely different than his. Their physical conditioning is completely different than his and just their maturity at this point. He’s just a young player right now. He’s a little further down the line.”

The Battle at X

A lot of guys are battling for snaps opposite Tylan Wallace this season, and with how deep the Cowboys are at receiver, it looks like a fun race.

The two guys most seem to be talking about are Patrick McKaufman and South Alabama transfer Jordan McCray.

“Pat looked real good today,” Wallace said. “All of those guys at X looked real good today. They came out like a different group of guys. They came out just really ready to play football and go out there and make plays. I was real happy with the way they looked today.”

Although it was McCray’s first official practice as a Cowboy, Wallace said he has already worked out with the grad transfer, and he is as experienced as he looks.

“We’ve been working with him since the summer, so going out and watching him run routes and catch balls, you can tell he’s been here before and played at this level,” Wallace said. “I wasn’t really surprised when he went out there and started making plays.”

We’ll end with this gold quote from Gleeson comparing two position battles happening on his side of the ball.

“Those guys at X, just like the quarterback battle, it’s really intriguing to watch because I think they have the same mentality that the quarterbacks have right now, which is ‘This is not gentlemenly; this is a dog fight,'” Gleeson said. “Those guys are scratching and clawing for reps, too.”

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