Markelle Martin Out After Shoulder Surgery

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy allows the beat reporters to watch practice under the rules that practices are closed and what you witness is "off the record." Of course, that knowledge gained from watching practice can be used to ask questions, and Gundy was asked after practice about the health of his team. The Cowboys are pretty healthy but Gundy revealed some news on the injury front.

"Well, we're doing good," said Gundy. "Markelle (Martin, senior safety), we cleaned his shoulder up. He didn't really need the surgery right now, but there was no reason (not to do it) because we have a lot of depth at safety. We went ahead and cleaned him up.

"Brodrick Brown (cornerback) has a very minor knee injury and he will be back in a week or so. Levy Adcock (offensive tackle) twisted his ankle some how during spring break. We are not exactly sure how he did that. (He) said he fell off a tractor. Other than that we are in good shape.

"Cooper Bassett has a little turned ankle so we are holding him out. Shaun Lewis has had a little bit of a hamstring (issue) and he could have gone through team. We didn't want to do it, but he will go on team on Monday. To answer the question, our health is good through six practices."

Lots of Visitors on the Sidelines Friday
The visitors were wide ranging from incoming scholarship freshmen, possible or probable walk-ons in the summer for next season, and prospects for recruiting for 2012.

Wide receiver David Glidden from Mustang, Okla., became the second member of the incoming freshman class of signees to visit this week. Standout defensive tackle James Castleman of Amarillo, Texas was at practice Tuesday and looked like he could have joined right in.

Glidden could have joined in on the offense Friday afternoon. The Super Prep and Parade All-American that caught 65 passes for 1,244 yards and 17 touchdowns was an interested observer.

Several young men that could be wearing orange or are even expected wear orange as soon as this summer were also on the sidelines watching the Cowboys, including defensive end Taylor May out of Plano. May, who is listed at 6-4, 245. He earned Honorable Mention All State honors from the Associated Press.

Caleb Thyer is a talented 6-1, 285-pound defensive tackle out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M junior college who had his season cut short from a knee injury. Thyer has said he will report to OSU in June to start learning the defense.

Parker Rittenberry is a quarterback out of Amarillo (Tascosa), Texas who is saying he will walk-on.

There were also some 2012 recruiting prospects making the trip to Stillwater, including quarterback Kason Key of Owasso, Okla.. The 6-3, 195-pound Key threw for 2,079 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. Daniel Burton is a good size offensive line prospect out of Putnam City, while Lawton defensive tackle Brandon DeWitt is a solidly built 270-to-280 pound player.

An Exam, Really?
As mentioned in our practice story, Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden ran off the practice field early Friday, saying he was heading to an exam. An exam on a Friday evening? All-American wide receiver Justin Blackmon found that odd.

"I don't even know (about that)," said Blackmon. "I don't want to say that is a bad teacher, but we sure could have used Brandon out there in the two-minute drill.

"Practice is still going good," continued Blackmon. "We are still going through our installs and it looks good. It is real physical with everything goin on and that is a good thing."


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