Two Delayed As Cowboys Report

STILLWATER - The 2011 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team checked in officially early Thursday afternoon at the West End Zone football complex. By the time they checked in they were greeted with some good news and another sign of respect for the upcoming season.

Before the 12:30-1:30 p.m. check-in times, the USA Today Coaches Football Poll was released and the coaches voted Oklahoma State eighth in the preseason poll.

That represents the highest preseason ranking for Oklahoma State in school history.

As for check-in, all of the 105 players on the initial reporting list are expected to make it in by Thursday evening, but two of the players were experiencing travel delays.

Our sources reported one of those players is freshman linebacker Demarcus Sherod out of Decatur (Columbia), Ga. Flight delays are common, so it is not a huge problem.

As for that 105 number, that is the maximum number of players the NCAA allows to participate in practices before the start of school. After classes begin, schools can bring in additional players, but until then all Division I schools are allowed 105 participants.

The first day is filled up with meetings and check-in with all areas including academic, compliance, financial, drug testing, and many other areas. There will be a welcome back team dinner in the training table area that usually consists of steaks and shrimp and then a team meeting following the meal.

Wake up is bright and early Friday morning as the team will be on the field starting at 7:30 a.m. for pre-practice activity and then right into the first practice. Players are expected to be off the field by 10:15 a.m. and ready to begin meetings and afternoon lift sessions, walk throughs, and all other work.

This weekend also includes the Mike Gundy Oklahoma State Football Extreme Camp. Nearly 100 Oklahoma State alumni and fans have paid to be a part of the first weekend of fall camp.

Those campers will be able to sit in on team and position meetings, will attend practice, eat meals with the team, and hear a variety of guest speakers. I will be speaking to the Extreme Campers at 10:20 a.m. after Saturday morning's practice.

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