OSU resting starters, working youngsters during open week

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Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard pushes through the defensive line to score a touch down during the Oklahoma State vs. TCU football game on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Boone Pickens Stadium.

It might seem like the Oklahoma State football team just had its bye week, and that's because it did.

But because of the Big 12's uniquely-designed schedule that placed OSU's two open weeks less than a month apart from each other this season, the Cowboys aren't as desperate for an injury-recovery week as they were heading into their first bye on October 12.

Instead, the Cowboys head into this Nov. 9 open week looking relatively healthy and with an opportunity to allow its starters to rest.

"The veterans are getting not a lot of work," Gundy said. "Trying to recover and essentially rehabilitate their bodies."

Because of that, Gundy said practices this week have mainly consisted of "working the young guys quite a bit." In Tuesday's practice, for instance, the starters practiced for about 20 to 30 minutes or so, while the bulk of practice was used tor coaching up redshirt players and guys that haven't played as much in games, some of which Gundy noted have earned spots on special teams and on the normal depth chart because of their play this week and the NCAA's redshirt rule allowing redshirt players to play in a limited number of games and keep their redshirt status.

"The guys that haven't played as much in the games and the redshirt players got a lot of coaching today," Gundy said. "All the varsity coaches took those guys over, and the veteran guys just got a little bit of work, 20 or 30 minutes or so.

"There are some guys that we're looking at this week that could get in on special teams and potentially be a backup. We're in games now that you have to figure on them being competitive, not that you can adjust a lot with your ones and twos, but there could be some young guys. They're working some guys, and we'll make that decision on Thursday, and if we feel like they can help us, we'll work them in on special teams."

Gundy said this season's schedule has been a little different for his team compared to a more traditional schedule format where the open weeks would be spread out a little bit more, but he said it shouldn't abnormally affect anything moving down the home stretch of the season.

"Yeah, it's a little different," Gundy said. "They're gonna clean it up next year. Everybody's moving to a different pattern next year. It is what it is. We base everything on TV, and they pay the bills, so we just kinda go with the flow."

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