STILLWATER — Defense may be what carries the Oklahoma State football team this year, but in the team’s first fall scrimmage Saturday the defense played second-fiddle.
According to Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, it was the offense — under the leadership of true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt — that was the highlight in a 115-play scrimmage on the OSU practice field.
“The offense was very effective today,” Gundy said. “The defense gave up too many big plays. Though the defense did rally a little bit late there and force some turnovers.”
As for Lunt, the 18-year-old who is trying to replace a 28-year-old first-round draft pick in Brandon Weeden, Gundy was happy to see the freshman have a better understanding the offensive scheme.
“He will still go through some growing pains,” Gundy said, “but I was pleased with him and how he handled our offense.”
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken said it’s Lunt’s grasp of the offense that has really progressed since the 6-foot-4, 211-pound freshman from Rochester, Ill., showed up for camp in the spring.
“The improvement is in the process — just the understanding of how we operate,” Monken said. “He’s going to throw it accurately, he’s going to have pocket presence. It’s just does he really understand how to get everybody lined up and when we want to go fast, goes fast and knows where we want our players to be.”
Gundy said he was also impressed with Lunt’s mechanics throwing the ball.
“I thought he released the ball well in throwing lanes and got the ball up high,” Gundy said. “I believe he only had one ball knocked down — and our defensive line has been very good at knocking balls down in the last year or two, and even in the spring.”