OSU's Monken Talks About Wednesday's Practice

Wednesday, August 10th 2011, 3:36 pm
By: News 9


STILLWATER, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma State Cowboys took the field Wednesday morning for its second day of full pads practice under cooler temps.

Thanks to rain that swept through the area overnight, the still cloudy conditions helped keep it cool for the players on the field.

For offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Todd Monken, this is his first year back at OSU after he previously coached for the Cowboys from 2002-2004 as the pass game coordinator and wide receivers coach.

So far this season, Monken seems to think the Cowboys have all the pieces for a great team, but says they have to focus on the little things in order to be successful.

"The biggest thing we're stressing to our guys is taking care of the little things. Focusing on turnovers, missed assignments and foolish penalties," said Monken. " I think we've got enough talent to have a great year on offense is we take care of the little things. We've got all the big parts. We've got all the things that are hard, now we just have to take care of the little things. When we do that, we'll be fine."

As far as the offense goes, Monken is just as confident as the players are behind the Cowboys veteran offensive line.

"They're guys who have played a lot of football so they're very confident. They're fun to be around. They're relaxed, but when the lights come on and practice starts, they're all business, they work hard at it, they're competitive and they're prideful guys. They're fun to be around and they're really confident."

Coach Monken also talked about sophomore Joseph Randle and the many things he does for the OSU offense.

"Joseph Randle is a really good athlete. He's a really good competitor and he's really smart, football-wise, so he picks things up really quickly. All those things combined makes him what he is, which is a really good athlete that can do a number of things for you."

Finally, who can talk about the OSU offense without talking about receiver Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden?

Monken was sure to share his thoughts on the pair's chemistry.

"I think that happens when you have a really good player at receiver and a really good quarterback. Everybody says ‘oh, that's chemistry' and it's true, but when you throw to a guy a lot, you kind of build up that chemistry and they've been around a couple years now and the more they work together, they build that chemistry and there is trust there," said Monken. "That comes more from the quarterback, because the receiver always seems to run that route, but whether or not the quarterback knows exactly when he's making his break and being able to throw the ball on time."

Oklahoma State will continue practice this week in preparation for their season opener Sept. 3 against Louisiana Lafayette at 6 p.m.