Spring Football Notebook

Notes from the Oklahoma State Cowboys spring practice on Friday.

Q&A with Tim Duffie
What safeties have caught your eye during spring ball?
Duffie: All five of the seniors. The biggest thing is that this group is unselfish. Daytawion Lowe is a really good player and Shamiel Gary (too). Lyndell Johnson is really coming on. He played down last year and is moving back. Larry Stephens has done some really good things. As a group, we're playing pretty consistent. There are some minor things we try to correct to get them coached up a little better, but this is a really good group.

What is special about Daytawion Lowe?
Duffie: His experience and his passion for the game. You can tell he really loves the game. He prepares off the field, on the field, just the way he carries himself. He helps the young guys with less experience.

What do you pride yourself on as a coach?
Duffie: Everything is based on discipline and competing, challenging receivers, trying to limit the amount of easy throws and making it difficult in the pass game - closing windows. It's pretty much the same principle here.

When will you get your family settled in Stillwater?
Duffie: We're trying to get them here as fast as we can. It's been a little difficult being away – they're back in North Carolina. They'll be here for the spring game.

What do you think of the talent level of Oklahoma State's defensive players?
Duffie: I'm pleased with the talent level. Talent-wise, we're pretty good, but the experience factor to me is most evident. You can be really talented and have no experience and get eaten up. I'd rather have the experience than the talent. Obviously, we want talented players, but I really like the experience.

Prospects at Practice
There were two prospects at Friday's practice. One was talented running back Stedman Mayberry out of Cedar Park (Vista Ridge), Texas, who was attending with his father.

Mayberry is a 5-10, 180-pounder with electric speed that earned honorable mention All-State honors in Class 4A last season and was first-team All-District 25-4A. Mayberry carried the ball 202 times for 1,468 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns.

Quarterback Collin Feller of Elk City, Okla., made the trip to Stillwater with family members. Feller, who was also at the Cowboys first junior day in February, completed 151-of-286 passes last season for 1,723 yards with 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

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