The Oklahoma State football team held a two-hour practice that consisted of a light walk-through Wednesday morning at the Sherman E. Smith Training Center. Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo gave us his thoughts after the session.
On Wednesday's practice:
"Today was a recovery day. Today was a mental day and a recovery day. The guys have been going really hard, so today was a day to regroup, bring it back and focus mentally on what we're doing; some different packages and situations, so I though today was good."
On how he's seen the Cowboy backs develop in camp:
"I think we're having a really good camp. Blake Jarwin is having a great camp, and is really applying his craft. He's doing a good job out there running routes and catching balls. Zac Veatch is doing a good job blocking. Keenen Brown is really coming on. He's really understanding the position. His deal is blocking, how to become a better blocker and those sorts of things. One guy is Cole Neph. He's another guy we moved in the spring time, and Cole is doing a really good job with his technique. As a whole, I'm pleased. Every day, we're just trying to take a step forward and get better."
On Blake Jarwin and Zac Veatch:
"They're really coming into their own. Blake and Zac have seen a lot of game reps. I lean on them a lot. They're not only good players, they're good coaches. I see those guys coaching young guys saying 'you need to do this, you need to do that, it's this signal', so that's invaluable as a coach. I just really enjoy having those guys around."
On the versatility of the Cowboy backs:
"That's one thing about the Cowboy back position at Oklahoma State, is that we're such a versatile part of the offense that we have to be able to do everything. We're going to play wide receiver, we're going to play slot receiver, we're going to play tight end, we're going to play fullback, so they've really got to be the ultimate hybrid guy and do everything with the blocking and catching, and having a solid understanding of the offense.Outside of the quarterback, I feel like it's one of those positions on the offense where they've really got to be tuned into everything. I think we're doing a good job of that as a whole right now."
On what he preaches to his players:
"Our motto is 'dominate the edge'. In my opinion, the run plays get started out on the edge. If we're able to dominate the edge and set that edge for the run game, it's going to make all the difference in the world. Same with pass protection. The four things we focus on every day is we want to come off the ball, we want to get our first two steps in the ground, we want to get a hat on hat, and the bottom line is we want to finish. We want to finish the top end and make sure our guy never makes a play. It's a mindset, and that's what I'm trying to work out with them every single day."