As Spring ball comes to a close for Oklahoma State, offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn reflected on the improvements his squad has made this offseason.
One of the biggest things Dunn noticed is the progression of quarterback Spencer Sanders. Not that his play is different, but his maturity and the way he handles situations are what have stood out to Dunn.
“I think it’s just maturity, I just think that he’s more relaxed, especially in the pocket, when we’re doing our drop-back stuff,” Dunn said. “He’s just comfortable back there. He’s comfortable in knowing where everybody is. I don’t necessarily know if it’s from a game or anything like that, that’s pushing him forward. Again, I go back to that Baylor one, he came out of that one and took it hard and has able to put it behind him. I think that was a big step in his maturation.”
Sanders has a clear idea of where his maturity comes from.
“That probably goes back to (Coach Tim) Rattay again,” Sanders said. “Whether every play is a good play or every play is a bad play, you throw it out the window and you move on to the next play. After the game, if you win, you celebrate. If you lose, you learn.”
Sanders stated the chemistry he has with wide receiver Brennan Presley and other wide receivers is like “clockwork.” While that may be the case, Dunn has been challenging the wideouts because he knows the best way to get the most out of the group is by a collective effort.
"Yeah, we're just trying to raise the bar with them now,” Dunn said. “Across the board, I think we're in very good shape. We've got a couple three-deep with these wideouts right now. I'm not saying there's a bell cow, that's for sure. It's not like you're running out there with (Justin) Blackmon, who's won the Biletnikoff, or Tylan (Wallace) who was a finalist. But we've got a lot of capable guys and I think it makes us more well-rounded than we've been in the past. Certainly deeper."
Offensive line depth over spring has been a problem. Not that the room lacks talent, but they do lack healthy bodies and its made practice for the offense and defense difficult, but Dunn said he thinks he and the fellow coaches have managed the situation as best as they could.
“You would like to think that as coaches, we're just trying to do the best that we can for the big picture, meaning the offensive line, the defensive line, you know, the trenches,” Dunn said. “But also, that our quarterback feels it too. You can't just go out there and go seven-on-seven all the time. So, we've had some nicks and bumps and bruises and all that kind of stuff and we're a little bit light there”