Summer Workouts: Part 2

STILLWATER - The practice fields east of Gallagher-Iba Arena were still rather toasty around 5:30 p.m., but that was much better than the sauna cooking inside Boone Pickens Stadium under the heat that the Stillwater National Bank digital clock and message board posted was 106 degrees. Welcome to Oklahoma State and college football for the 12 newcomers for the second semester of summer schooL.

The newcomers got a pretty good show right off the top, especially the ones that were in the offensive skill passing drills or the defenders and linemen that may have had their eyes wandering around.

Fellow freshman quarterback J.W. Walsh threw a deep ball toward All-American wide receiver Justin Blackmon and the shirtless, ripped picture of an athlete snagged it out of the air with one hand like it was easy and everybody should be able to do it.

One of the newcomers, wide receiver Torrance Carr of Richardson, Texas saw it and his eyes got big as the 6-2, 200-pound freshman receiver limped over and told strength coach Rob Glass that Blackman had told him to watch him and do it the way he does.

The interesting thing is that other than a foot injury that is going to hold Carr back awhile, he arrives in Stillwater looking bigger and stronger than Blackmon. Both Carr and Desmond Roland are big-bodied skill athletes that would pass anybody's eye test. Roland looked good catching passes as did new walk-on Dillon Fedora, who was second of the newcomers testing Tuesday on vertical jump.

There were two other newbies in the receiver line. David Glidden is small but built solidly and quick. Glidden was also pretty good on the basketball court and those talents show some in the receiver lines and they were also present for Isaac McCoy.

McCoy is bigger than Glidden at 6-0, 170 pounds, and he may weigh more than that. He looked physically more mature than expected as he was kind of skinny on tape from his senior season.

Another player that easily passes the eye test is linebacker Ryan Simmons out of Cibolo (Steele), Texas. The learning process started for Simmons and new safety Isaac Maselera as there is a lot to learn as they were soaking it up and taking their time on the field in thinking through the assignments that were just taught to them on the fly.

The learning process won't be as much for Miketavious Jones at cornerback. The Galena Park (North Shore), Texas standout knows he has to cover, but his head is still spinning.

The defense and offense worked separately Tuesday, so wait until Jones is out there covering the likes of Blackmon, a muscled-up Hubert Anyiam, Kevin Johnson, Isaiah Anderson, and Charlie Moore. There is some intimidation factor at work early in these metabolic workouts.

Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick, the leaders of the defensive line, really did a smart thing with the four new defensive linemen.

While Jones took the veterans and previously arrived newcomers like defensive tackle James Castleman and went to the end of the field and worked on defensive front schemes, Blatnick and veteran defensive lineman Cooper Bassett took the pair of new ends and new tackles and worked on simple drills and techniques of coming off the ball and working to get off blocks.

Blatnick worked with new ends Jimmy Bean of Denton (Guyer), Texas, and newcomer Taylor Mays, a walk-on from Plano, Texas. Bassett worked with the big guys in Katy (Cinco Ranch), Texas product Mike Mustafa and fellow tackle Ashaad Mabry out of San Antonio. It is slow going but walking before you run is a good strategy and coming off the ball is the walking for defensive linemen.

Mustafa and Mabry both pass the eye test. In fact, with Castleman this is the best looking group of newcomer defensive tackles to hit Oklahoma State in a long time. In the strength testing, Mustafa more than passed the eye test as he bench-pressed 225 pounds 24 times.

Of the veterans the guys are looking good. We said Anyiam is really muscled up and looks good. All of the receivers- Josh Cooper, Charlie Moore, Tracy Moore, Justin Horton, Colton Chelf, and Isaiah Anderson - looked good.

The running backs are stout too as the three veterans Joe Randle, Jeremy Smith and Kye Staley all look great. Staley looks a little more trim than he did in the spring and Rob Glass said he is having a strong summer.

The offensive line as a whole looks great and center Grant Garner was leading things. Garner is back after getting married earlier this month. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Garner.

Offensive tackle Levy Adcock actually looked like he had lost a little weight and appeared to be in really good shape. Junior college transfer Michael Bowie looks like he is in better shape than when he reported in January. He looks more like the Bowie that left OSU to go to Navarro (Texas) College than the one that came back.

The metabolic workouts are stepped up to three the rest of this month with workouts on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights. Strength and conditioning workouts are conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

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