Cowboy Football Notebook

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy told media members after the morning practice on Wednesday that linebacker LeRon Furr was no longer practicing with the team and his scholarship had been switched to an injury scholarship because of a knee injury.

LeRon Furr, who was competing for playing time at the weakside linebacker and then the middle linebacker position finished last season with four tackles.

Gundy also said that wide receiver turned fullback Montra Nelson had also left the team for unspecified reasons. Nelson was a red-shirt freshman that had struggled to find a spot and was trying fullback.

Two new players were added to the camp roster in former Greenwood Village (Cherry Creek), Colo., linebacker Michael Sims and Chandler, Okla., defender Austin Major. Sims is 6-4, 230 pounds and just graduated high school last May. He finished his senior season with 56 tackles (23 unassisted), an interception, a fumble recovery, and a blocked punt.

Major last shows stats at Chandler following the 2008 season when he rushed for 1,109-yards and 13 touchdowns. He had five interceptions on defense. Major appears to be around 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds. Both players are walk-ons.

Gundy on Sharp

Everybody has seemingly weighed in on Quinn Sharp possibly doing all the kicking and punting for the Cowboys this season. We have not posted head coach Mike Gundy's thoughts on the topic. The interesting aspect of that is Gundy was a teammate of the last kicker/punter at Oklahoma State that did that in former NFL All-Pro with the Indianapolis Colts Cary Blanchard. Blanchard played for at least nine NFL teams in his career.

"I know it is difficult and when you put it down on paper you ask yourself what part or what aspect of it would you take away from him? He is by far the best kickoff guy in the country and it wasn't even close," said Gundy in listing Sharp's accomplishments and talents. "He's a punter and having an experienced punter is always a plus. And he's got grit. He's been accurate in his PAT and field goals. If he is the best, then we'll give him that opportunity. If fatigue or reps bothers him then we can always back off."

At this point it sure seems that Sharp is going to be the guy x3.


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