Cowboy Scrimmage Notebook

Oklahoma State is ranked ninth in the country, according to the first Associated Press poll of the season. The poll was released Saturday morning. The Cowboys were also ranked No. 9 in the AP poll to enter the 2009 season and finished last season ranked 13th in the poll.

Sharp has an edge at kicker

Quinn Sharp, arguably the best punter in the country, seems to have a leg up on the competition at replacing Groza Award winner Dan Bailey at place kicker. Sharp has had a strong showing with kicking duties during fall camp and, while discussions still need to be had, Gundy said he has a feeling Sharp will fill that role.

"It looks like it to me; Joe (DeForest) and I won't talk about that until the middle of next week but I don't think anybody is going to take that from him. He's punted well and we've seen what he's been able to do with his field goals. He's been accurate and he's the best kick-off guy in the country. I would say now he's the guy."

Roland continues to impress

True freshman running back Desmond Roland has routinely impressed his coaches and teammates throughout fall camp. So much so, Gundy mentioned Roland as a one of the handful of freshmen who could seem the field as early as the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette in two weeks.

Roland is tall for a back at 6-foot and 185-pounds and was a receiver at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. His versatility could work him into a role similar to what Joseph Randle had as a freshman because of the ability to impact the game instantly as a receiver out of the backfield.

In fact, his skill as a receiver has Gundy contemplating finding ways to get him involved in different lineups.

"He's got good hands and we can do some things with him," Gundy said. "He'll start in the backfield, but we may move him around."

Stewart could make instant impact

Freshman receiver Josh Stewart, who joined fellow freshmen J.W. Walsh and Jimmy Bean in Stilwater from Denton Guyer in Texas, has been impressive throughout fall camp and has made numerous positive plays. Stewart isn't a big target at 5-foot-10, 170-pounds but his play has earned positive reviews from his quarterback

"He's that guy that came in the summer and I knew right away he could make plays," Brandon Weeden said. "He can catch it, get going quick, and early on he had a lot of buzz and just wasn't running the right routes, wasn't doing the right things. I pulled him aside and said, ‘You have to get your head in the playbook because you're going to play this year. You running the right route can mean the difference in a touchdown or a first down or an interception. Your position behind Coop is the center of attention so take pride in it.' Ever since then he's gotten a lot better. Every once in awhile, he'll bust one, but that's just being an 18-year-old freshman. There's no doubt about it the guy can play. He's going to play and make a lot of great plays."

His big play potential also earned him a role on opening day, according to coach Gundy.

"Josh Stewart has earned the right to play in the first game," Gundy said. "He has a lot to learn, but he makes plays when he has the ball in his hands. Guys who make plays are going to get on the field somehow. He's showing signs of making a play in the first game. I will be surprised if he doesn't."


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