NCAA rules only allow Division I football programs to open camp with 105 players, which kind of designates the players that are going to be expected to contribute during the season. Oklahoma State has 107 players. Receiver David Glidden, who just had a pin removed from his ankle, and Andrae May, who is still rehabbing following ACL reconstruction surgery late in the spring, are also in Stillwater.
The Cowboys received an NCAA waiver for each player to report and be with the team They are not permitted to attend football meetings or do any football practice work, but they can do all their rehab and eat with the team. Once school starts you can bring in more than the 105 players with the rest of your squad, and most of those additions are usually mostly walk-ons.
Hargis and Holiday Talk to Extreme Campers
The more than 100 Extreme Campers that have paid in order to experience the start of fall camp get to watch practice up close, attend meetings, eat at the training table, and have late night social sessions with the coaching staff. They also get to hear guest speakers.
Former OSU football head coach Pat Jones, who by the way will be going into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday night, spoke to the group Friday.
On Saturday, the campers heard from OSU President Burns Hargis and new baseball coach Josh Holiday. Hargis spoke about the largest freshman class in school history set to check in for the first day of classes on Aug. 20. He also spoke of the success of the football program and athletics.
He detailed much of his activity as the chairman of the Big 12 Board of Directors. He added that he might write a book about his experiences in the Big 12 realignment, search for a new commissioner, and the new playoff in the BCS.
Holiday spoke about his passion for the program, and the recruiting work and work on the program that he and his new staff, including former ORU head coach Rob Walton, have done.
Nicholas Loves Richetti Endorsement
Nigel Nicholas has lost weight, about 15 pounds to be exact, and his body fat is down to 15.9 percent after having never been lower than 20 percent in his OSU career. Nicholas looks better and is happy to be home at his old position of defensive end after having played defensive tackle.
Nigel is also getting a huge endorsement from a former teammate. Richetti Jones, who started for the Cowboys the last two seasons, said the Big 12 had better watch out for Nigel because he may be the best play-making defensive end in the conference this season.
"It feels good and guys like Richetti, I learned from them so it feels good that they are giving me credit and talking good about me. That is a big confidence boost," said Nicholas.