Cowboy Football Notebook: Day 3

The second annual Cowboy Extreme Camp is over and it was an even greater success that the inaugural event. More than 100 campers participated this year, nearly double the number of the first season. For a donation in excess of $1,000 the campers spend the first three days with virtual all access to the Oklahoma State football program.

They are allowed to roam the sidelines at each of the first three practices and eavesdrop on any position meetings over the first two days. They eat with the players and coaches at training table and also come away with team issued gear ranging from shirts to caps to shoes.

The group also hears from a variety of Oklahoma State University and athletic department speakers, scouting reports from offensive coordinator Todd Monken and defensive coordinator Bill Young, and enjoy two socials with the entire coaching staff. Last night head coach Mike Gundy arrived back in time to spend most of the evening with the Extreme campers at the social at Eskimo Joes.

The event is sceduled to be back again next year and anyone interested can contact Johnny Barr or Sharla Curtis at the football office at 405-744-5737.

Walk-Ons In Camp
There is no doubt that this is the best looking group of walk-ons in Cowboy football history. This team appears to have the best depth in years, and some of that comes from walk-ons. Below is a look at the walk-ons in camp and what their prospective is.

Joe Aska, Jr., RB
5-10, 199, RS-Fr.
Edmond (North), Okla.
Talented and really helps with depth and practice at running back

Derek Branson, FB
6-1, 240, Fr.
McKinney (Boyd), Texas
Just have eyeballed him and physically he looks the part.

Colton Chelf, WR
5-9, 178, Sr.
Enid/NEO A&M J.C., Okla.
Older brother of backup QB Clint Chelf. He is a proven target at receiver.

John Conaway, TE
6-2, 235, So.
Ringwood/NEO A&M J.C., Okla.
Still too early to have any thought.

Daniel Cooley, DT
6-2, 271, RS-Fr.
Corinth (Lake Dallas), Texas
Reliable DT that could play certain situations.

Colby Ellis, CB
5-9, 170, So.
Tonkawa/NEO A&M J.C., Okla.
Has shown to be a very good practice player.

Evan Epstein, OL
6-3, 285, Jr.
McKinney (Bishop Lynch), Texas
Has gone from walk-on to being on the depth chart.

Dillon Fedora, IR
5-10, 180, Fr.
Hattiesburg (Oak Grove), Miss.
Son of former OC and now Southern Miss. head coach Larry Fedora.

Jarrod Fields, CB
5-8, 185, Sr.
Ardmore/NEO A&M J.C., Okla.
Another proven practice players that know how to help in practice and special teams.

Tyler Fields, LB
5-11, 220, Jr.
Hugo, Okla.
Both Fields help in drills and practice.

Cameron Gravelle, WR
6-0, 178, Fr.
Austin (Anderson), Texas
Showed up some in the spring and the spring game.

Kyle Hale, SP
5-11, 195, So.
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Look like he has moved over to hold for placements. He is a special teams contributor.

Taylor Hodge, OL
6-6, 295, Jr.
Keys/NEO A&M J.C., Okla.
New addition that certainly looks llike a Division I lineman. He was injured at NEO last season.

Ryan Howard, QB
6-4, 212, So.
Perryton, Texas/Garden City C.C., Kan.
Has a very strong arm and is just now getting the fulltime status at QB.

Elliott Jeffcoat, RB
5-11, 180, Fr.
Batesburg-Leesville, SC
Now moved to running back, he is very athletic.

Jarid King, DT
6-0, 280, Jr.
Plano (West), Texas
A solid contributor in practice and has played in some games.

Casey LaBrue, OC
6-3, 280, Sr.
Enid, Okla./Missouri State
Has gone from walk-on to backup center when he transferred from Missouri State.

Taylor May, DE
6-4, 245, Fr.
Plano, Texas A very promising addition as a recruited walk-on.

Michael Reichenstein, P
6-4, 207, So.
Dallas (Jesuit Prep), Texas
He is punting the ball well.

Nick Rock Well, IR
5-7, 175, So.
Fort Worth (Dunbar), Texas
Good athlete, good student, and very popular.

Jeremy Seaton, TE
6-3, 200, Fr.
Cashion, Okla.
Standout QB at Cashion, looks good as a TE. Has to be bigger than listed.

Connor Sinko, DS
6-3, 240, So.
Tulsa (Cascia Hall), Okla.
One of two deep snappers as Andrew Suter is going on scholarship. Sinko is good too.

Caleb Thyer, DT
6-2, 295, Jr.
Miami/NEO A&M J.C., Okla.
New addition from NEO where he was a starter before an ACL injury. He can play.

Defensive Tackles Look the Part
When you go over to look at the defensive tackles in their group doing drills early in practice it is like night and day how the group looks so much better than last season. The group was smaller, but then again it was young and in the case of starter Shane Jarka was a former linebacker/defensive end grown into a tackle.

"They're really physical looking kids," said defensive coordinater and line coach Bill Young. "You're talking about 6-foot-4, 300 pounders that can move and they're athletic, so we're excited about them."

The competition is a big part of it and with so many young guys at tackle, players that are sophomores, redshirt freshmen, and true freshmen and the fact that you look for players to rotate those positions, the more the merrier.

"The defensive tackles are looking pretty good. Anthony Rogers and Chris Littlehead are competing neck and neck at the nose guard position," added Young.

"We've got Mike Mustafa and James Castleman that can work into the picture at any minute. And at the other tackle position, Nigel Nicholas has really got that ironed down and now we've got to find a backup."

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