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Cowboys Need To Practice Better

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are trying to recapture the magic they displayed last year with a Big 12 Championship and Fiesta Bowl win.

The Pokes put on full pads for the first time this fall camp on Tuesday.  OSU Head Coach Mike Gundy says a combination of the humidity and heat affected his guys in an adverse way.

He said they've practiced well over the last week or so, but they'll need to give a better effort to equal the 2011 season.

"Once we get into the eighth or ninth or 10th practice or so, our guys ought to be up and rolling. They're practicing well, but they need to practice much better in order to play and start out at such a high level like where we finished last season."

Here are more quotes from Mike Gundy provided by the Oklahoma State Athletic Department.

On the difference between practicing with pads and without:

"Just the weight. Your core body temperature goes up with the extra eight or 10 pounds on your body. They'll get adjusted to it. It takes them a while. They've been away from it since April, so it takes about three or four padded practices to get used to it, but they always get adjusted to it as time goes on."

On not having an ideal practice:

"We always communicate with our players and tell them the truth. They know that. It's like the end of the game in the fourth quarter.  On a morning like today, they get a little fatigued and have to learn how to push through it and fight through it. That's all part of developing the chemistry of a football team."

On when he expects the team's practices to look sharp:

"Once we get into the eighth or ninth or 10th practice or so, our guys ought to be up and rolling. They're practicing well, but they need to practice much better in order to play and start out at such a high level like where we finished last season."

On what he wants to accomplish during this Saturday's scrimmage:

"Just basic stuff. We want guys to be in the right spot, to play hard. We want the offensive guys to eliminate penalties and mistakes and we want the defensive guys to force turnovers and use basic fundamentals. I want to see where we are at, see where the quarterback is at. I have a pretty good feel for most every other position. I understand where the young wideouts are at and the young corners who may very well play in the first game."