Cowboy Football Notebook: Day 4

It did not take long for Oklahoma State fans to fall in love with freshman linebacker Shaun Lewis last season and this season they will love last year's Freshman All-American even more.

First, he is improved and a better player benefitting from experience and going through a Rob Glass offseason and summer conditioning program. Second, he is now a second year player and he can do interviews with the media and you will love what he has to say.

"People are certainly starting to pay more attention to Oklahoma State, but it's not where we start, it's where we finish," Lewis said when asked about the hype and the No. 8 preseason ranking going into the season. "So we're just working hard every day to finish better than where we started."

Although he is just a sophomore, players on both sides of the ball including quarterback Brandon Weeden will tell you that this summer Lewis has jumped into being a leader on the team.

"We've got some guys stepping in and leading. I'm trying to take on a leadership role on the team," Lewis said with pride. "We've got Markelle Martin and Johnny Thomas, and the two veteran ends, Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick. So it's more of a collective group of guys leading on defense this year."

By the way, when Gundy said all the regular guys that make plays are making plays in practice like on Monday, Lewis is one of those guys.

Randle Named as One of the 50 for the Hornung Award
Oklahoma State sophomore running back Joseph Randle is one of 50 players named to the 2011 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday.

The award is presented annually to the most versatile player in major college football. The 2011 Watch List, composed of 20 seniors, 20 juniors and 10 sophomores, was compiled by a panel of college football experts based on 2010 statistics and expectations heading into the 2011 season.

Randle returns to Stillwater after one of the more productive true freshmen seasons in the Big 12 in 2010. He was utilized in the running game, passing game and return game and finished the regular season second on the team in rushing, fourth in receiving, second in kick returns and seventh in scoring.

College football fans nationwide will have the opportunity to vote via Facebook for their favorite player during the regular season and again during the bowl season. Fan voting will open in late September and factor into selection of the finalists and winner.

Players from all FBS teams are eligible and appearing on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List is not a prerequisite for winning the award. The selection committee, comprised of 16 national sports journalists and former college and NFL players, will narrow the field to approximately three to five finalists in early December then will select the winner from among the finalists following the bowl season in early January.

Finalists will be announced on www.paulhornungaward.com and at the Louisville Sports Commission Breakfast Dec. 9.

Cowboys and Wildcats in 3D
Fans with 3D televisions will see the Spirit Rider aboard Bullet riding right into their living room in 3D on Sept. 8 as ESPN 3D will televise the Oklahoma State-Arizona game already scheduled for ESPN on that Thursday night.

ESPN 3D is the only 3D network in the industry and has already done numerous sports events in 3D. They will televise 20 college football games this fall including one other game from a Big 12 campus when BYU visits Texas on Sept. 10. They will also televise the BCS National Championship Game in 3D.


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