Cowboy Practice Report: Day 7

It seems to happen every August, but it won't in the future when the new Sherman Smith Indoor Practice Facility is completed. What happens is that Mother Nature brings a strong storm complete with thunder and lightning in during a Cowboy practice and the team either has to conclude early or take a long break and come back out.

Today it was the latter as the Cowboys got right around an hour of practice in following stretch at 8 a.m. The team was able to get in the PAT/field goal ladder which was perfect using all three kickers (Quinn Sharp, Bobby Stonebraker, and freshman Matt Green). The work went to punt and again, there were three punters with Quinn Sharp, Michael Reichenstein, and Green.

"It was great," said associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest. "All three guys punted the ball well and for a player that just jumped into it Matt Green is getting better everyday with his punting. I'm also happy with returns. Josh Cooper is solid and so is Colton Chelf. We are also working Josh Stewart in there some."

Stewart seems to be working in everywhere as head coach Mike Gundy again bragged about how quickly he has adapted and how he is playing well. Gundy seems to be happy overall with the freshman class. Stewart continues to work well at receiver and seems virtually certain to get a chance to play some there this season.

It is amazing watching the receivers in practice with how well they are doing. The trio of Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, and Tracy Moore are a given and all are performing well in camp. Besides the rapidly emerging freshman Josh Stewart, Isaiah Anderson and Hubert Anyiam are stepping up and playing a major role so far in all drills and team periods. Maybe, a surprise is Charlie Moore, who has made some spectacular catches and also shown a lot of speed. Michael Harrison is playing well as are Colton Chelf and Justin Horton. Gundy also pointed to two other freshmen in Alma, Ark., product Isaac McCoy and Mustang's David Glidden.

Right around 9 a.m. as the offense and defense were working some against scout units, the lightning closed in on the campus and the practice field was cleared. The team went inside and came back out a little over an hour later and finished up inside Boone Pickens Stadium. Practice concluded around 11:30 a.m. making for a long morning.

Tomorrow another challenge, albeit with the milder temperatures it shouldn't be too hard to deal with. Two-a-days on Friday with the regular morning practice followed by a shorter 6 p.m. practice. Saturday the Cowboys will scrimmage for the first time in camp.

Cowboy Camp Note

Curry Euphoria

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from discussing current prospects, recruits, even verbal commitments, however when we got the message at 8 a.m. that Chad Simmons, Scout National Recruiting Analyst broke the story of Flowery Branch, Ga., wide receiver C.J. Curry (6-2, 210, 4.45) breaking his commitment to Georgia and switching to Oklahoma State we couldn't help but notice the coaching staff and it was obvious despite the stormy weather they were in a good mood. Mike Gundy was his usual smiling self, at least on days when he is happy with effort and attitude at practice. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Glenn Spencer also looked to be in a very good mood and he is the coach that recruited Curry.

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