Highlights from Friday's final spring workout:
Captain for a day:
Jamie Beeghley took over the first-team quarterback position (Josh Fields went 1-for-4 with 2 runs scored in the baseball game vs. Baylor) and Les Miles was extrememly pleased with Beeghley's performance. Beeghley looked sharper than he has in previous spring practices and stepped it up a notch, especially since he was going against the first-team defense unlike normal.
Beeghley: 13-of-32, 266 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
In the family lines:
Rashaun and D'Juan Woods, looking like brothers more than ever, pulled down two receptions back-to-back to open the scrimmage. Rashaun took his back to the house, scoring a TD for the first team offense, and D'Juan hauled in a diving catch.
Rashaun: 7receptions, 143 yards, 3 TD
D'Juan: 2 receptions, 93 yards
Working against All-American Woods, Grant covered him tightly. The two seem to be the best at their respective positions, and it showed, as Woods had to shake-and-bake and run difficult patterns to lose his defender. Woods isn't running at 100 percent, but still gave Grant a run for his money, and vice versa.
Grant is showing signs of maturity, even more so than when he was starting as a freshman last season. Aside from an astounding performance, Grant was extrememly vocal, positive, and seemed to pump his team up the entire afternoon. Seems the "clown-around" is becoming well-balanced as far as leadership and skills go.
Grant: 7 tackles, (six solo)
What was a concern in 2001 for Tatum Bell, has come back to haunt him again. Bell fumbled the ball on a key rushing play that had him wide-open to gain extensive yardage. Kenneth Williams was the instigator on the fumble play. Bell has gone back to old habits it appears, and he has fumbled the ball at least once in the last three (closed) intra-squad scrimmages. Miles said he is very concerned, but is happy he has depth at the position with Greg Gold and Seymore Shaw as backups. Miles said he will play the most prepared, mentally and physically, players he has on the team...and fumblers won't see much time on the clock. It is early still, however, and Miles is optimistic there is plenty of time to render the reappearance of Bell's shaky hands.
Robert Jones, Errick McCown and Daniel McLemore had crowd-pleasing back-to-back-to-back kickoff returns. Jones returned one for nearly 60 yards, McCown followed with a near 20-yarder, and McLemore returned his for a touchdown that was called back because of illegal tackles.
Quotes from the post-game:
LES MILES ON THE SCRIMMAGE:
"The defense plays well. They need to be a little stouter on the corners. Our secondary is much better than it has been in the past. Young quarterback steps in there and makes some mistakes, but makes some plays. Real encouraging - looking at the spring - to think that he could go into a game for us and win a Big 12 contest. Very much like a spring, there was some sloppiness to it. Unhappy with a couple of turnovers, but got a lot of things looked at. A lot of distance, a lot of spots on the field; a lot accomplished in the spring and today."
ON RASHAUN'S GOOD PERFORMANCE, W/PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HIS "INJURY":
"It's obvious he's real injured. No, he's in great shape. We're precautionary in looking at him, but don't expect anything serious in the offseason. Expect him to be ready to go against Nebraska."
ON WHETHER THERE WAS ANY POSITION MILES FELT NERVOUS ABOUT, COMING INTO THE SPRING, BUT NOW FEELS BETTER ABOUT:
"The offensive line has got to develop the right chemistry of the right five and come along. We're missing two starters in the defensive line - guys that were injured and did not participate obviously. We're missing Ben Buie in the offensive line. Those things will be concerns going into August, but when you don't have those guys, those backups get a lot of work and you develop depth. We're probably going to be deeper across the board than anytime that we've been here in the past."
ON THE MOST PLEASANT DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPRING:
"Well, it's got to Beeghley. Jamie, getting the number of snaps that he did and nderstanding even if he cannot quite accomplish it all, but understanding the ffense and what he needs to work on. Going into the summer, it's going to be invaluable, and you just never can tell when a guy like he goes into the game and wins a game for you. I think we're going to have good runners. I think that's a surprise. I think D'Juan Woods is going to be a very, very good Big 12 wide receiver. Still has some to learn as the maturity that must take place. But he's going to be a good player."
ON BEING DISAPPOINTED IN TURNOVERS, W/TATUM NOT COMING BACK AFTER A FUMBLE:
"Well, we are very fortunate to have good tailbacks, and we can't afford to have turnovers, and Tatum is one of the good tailbacks, and he'll get that accomplished, I'm certain. If he doesn't, then we'll have other tailbacks. I think Seymore's a good back, and if you look at old Gold. Old Greg Gold's been running now. Don't let anybody kid you. He's small, but he has great vision, he hits it hard. I like him."
Oklahoma State Cowboy Football
April 11, 2003
Passing Att-Comp-Int Yards Long TD
Jamie Beeghley 32-13-1 266 86 3
Matt Warren 5-4-0 33 12 2
Will Ahrberg 4-4-0 24 10 0
Rushing Carries Yards Long TD
Seymore Shaw 22 88 8 1