Cowboys Hit The Field For First Practice

STILLWATER - It was muggy and humid at 7:30 a.m. when the Cowboys took the field Friday for the first practice of the 2013 season. Everybody was there and reported as designated. Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh were playing quarterback. Tracy Moore and Josh Stewart were catching passes. Calvin Barnett was looking mean and intimidating, and Daytawion Lowe and Justin Gilbert were defending pass catchers.

It was football, albeit in just helmets, jersey and shorts. The shoulder pads can come on Sunday, full pads will be added on Tuesday.

However, the intensity and aggressiveness the defense showed in the spring is there every day, according to Lowe.

"We are going to take that approach every time we step on the field because if we don't, if we are not aggressive and get after it, then we shouldn't even be out there," said the senior free safety.

That is what the head coach was looking for. The trademark barometers of his team at any given moment, on the field, practice, game, in the meeting room, weight room and off the field, Mike Gundy is always looking at attitude and body language.

"Today I really look at all the little things, like making sure guys are hustling, taking care of their helmets and paying attention," Gundy explained more precisely.

"Just the fundamental parts of practice because we don't have any shoulder pads. I do watch movement. I was really excited to watch our D-line and some of the new guys. They moved around well.

"And you always like to watch the freshmen no matter what position they are. It's just difficult to see O-line and D-line because we don't have pads on. You get to see receivers that can move well and catch, and safeties and corners that back pedal," Gundy added.

One of the things Gundy saw was the oldest newcomer in OSU history class-wise. Remember the Cowboys have added former baseball players Brandon Weeden and Tyler Johnson in the past. Kansas transfer Tyler Patmon is a senior and already was showing why he picked off so many passes as a Jayhawk.

"I saw Tyler Patmon make a couple of plays today, including an interception, and I saw the effort and attitude out of the young guys today and if they keep that up they'll be fine because they can play," Lowe commented on all the newcomers.

From the offensive side, inside receiver Josh Stewart liked the effort and play of the defense on day one.

"Defense was really swarming and knocking balls down," said Stewart. "That's good for us when the defense is doing what they do because we're getting better. We're not in pads but everyone is moving around, and that gives us a good look. We're excited for our defense."

Gundy commented on two other aspects of fall camp after the two and a half hour practice that concluded at just after 10 a.m. The first is the need to push the envelope harder with a challenging opening game against Mississippi State on Aug. 31.

"What it forces us to do is be more physical in practice than what we would be or what we have been over the past few years," said the head coach. "Then you have to have a feel of what your game plan would be more so than if we had a different opponent.

"Whether we like it or not, we have to be ready to play and try to hit all cylinders in all three phases. The kicker will be an important part of our game. If you look at the past few years our kicker wasn't really a factor in the first few games. He could not have kicked well and it would have been okay.

"Everything just has to move a little faster. Our season is extended. We're playing later into the year and getting ready earlier. That has always been a concern for me and we've tried to come up with a plan that we think gives us the best chance to play well early and still make sure we play well at the end of the season."

And how much will the Cowboys use the new Sherman Smith Indoor Training Center during camp?

"Since we are playing inside the first two games we'll go in there if we get any rain or lightning," added Gundy. "If we were playing outdoors then we would practice in the rain. There isn't a reason to practice in the rain because the first two games will have a cover, and we won't be playing in the rain."

Don't expect any rain soon, just a string of hot, muggy days. Day two of fall camp will begin early Saturday morning with practice followed by Fan Appreciation Day and then Media Day.

OSU football 2013 Fall Camp Schedule
Saturday, Aug. 3, 7:30-10:05 a.m. (Practice 2)
Sunday, Aug. 4, 7:30-10:20 a.m. (Practice 3)
Monday, Aug. 5, 7:30-10:20 a.m. (Practice 4)
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7:30-10:30 a.m. (Practice 5, the first in full pads)
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 7:30-10:30 a.m. (Practice 6)
Thursday, Aug. 8, 7:30-10:30 a.m. (Practice 7)
Friday, Aug. 9, 7:30-10:25 a.m. (Practice 8)
Friday, Aug. 9, 6-7:25 p.m. (Practice 9)
Saturday, Aug. 10, 6-7:50 p.m. (Practice 10, scrimmage on the grass fields)
Sunday, Aug. 11, No practice
Monday, Aug. 12, 7:30-10:25 a.m. (Practice 11)
Monday, Aug. 12, 6-7:40 p.m. (Practice 12)
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7:30-10:25 a.m. (Practice 13)
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 7:30-10:15 a.m. (Practice 14)
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 6:15-7:20 p.m. (Practice 15)
Thursday, Aug. 15, 7:30-10:20 a.m. (Practice 16)
Friday, Aug. 16, 7:30-10:20 a.m. (Practice 17) Friday, Aug. 16, 5:45-6:45 p.m. (Practice 18)
Saturday, Aug. 17, 3:45-5:35 p.m. (Practice 19, scrimmage in the stadium)
Sunday, Aug. 18, no practice
Monday, Aug. 19, First day of school, no practice

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