Cowboy Football Notebook: Day 2

We've learned more through tweets from athletic department personnel that the ESPN film crew in Stillwater that is documenting Oklahoma State's practices is shooting for an "all access" Year of the Quarterback show. Camera crews are filming various Cowboys ranging from head coach Mike Gundy to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Todd Monken to Brandon Weeden and the other quarterbacks.

The show will air in October, based on information from tweets from members of the athletic media relations.

Pass Rush Improving with New Practice Target
When the offensive and defensive line get together for "pass pro," which is the primary drill for pass protection and pass rush, the target is no longer a stationary blue lifesize dummy sitting eight yards off the line of scrimmage.

Instead is a new piece of equipment which has an orange swinging heavy bag that is able by remote lever to move up and back and side to side. Quarterbacks can move in real life, in varying degrees and speeds.

Starting defensive end Jamie Blatnick broke through Saturday and got the first knockout on the new orange bag. Blatnick burst off his block and was on the swinging bag before it could be moved. His effort drew a chest bump from fellow starter and senior defensive end Richetti Jones.

It is obvious from watching individual drills that the defensive interior is improved with both existing and new players. Anthony Rogers is running first team at defensive tackle inside along with Nigel Nicholas, who plays the three technique.

Christian Littlehead is looking good and junior college transfer Maurice Hayes, who was in Stillwater in the spring, has lost close to 35 pounds and is in much better shape. Three new players -- prize high school recruits James Castleman and Mike Mustafa and junior college transfer Caleb Thyer -- also look like they could help.

Sharp Looking Sharp
Former Cowboys kicker and Lou Groza Award winner Dan Bailey was featured on the Fox Sports Southwest Cowboys Camp Report on Friday night. That is the Dallas Cowboys camp report where Bailey is a rookie free agent looking to win the Cowboys kicking job.

As for Joe DeForest and the special teams at Oklahoma State, DeForest said right now it is standout punter Quinn Sharp that is leading the way for the PAT/field goal job. He added that he would prefer for Sharp to not have to kick extra points and field goals, kickoff, and punt.

Redshirt freshman Bobby Stonebraker and freshman Matt Davis also are competing for the job. I was Sharp and Davis that showed the strongest leg during the PAT/field goal ladder at the start of Saturday's practice.

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