Cowboys Football Scrimmage Notebook

It appears that one freshman is guaranteed to play in the opening game in Houston against Mississippi State. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said freshman Ben Grogan would be the man handling field goals and point after conversions on Aug. 31. He also surprised some by revealing that walk-on kicker Bobby Stonebraker is not currently with the team.

"The kicker is going to be the freshman (Ben Grogan)," said Gundy. "Right now he's the only one left, (Bobby) Stonebraker is not with us right now. But Ben had kicked well and kicked good today, so he is our kicker after the scrimmage."

Stonebraker's absence was speculated as a team rule violation, but Gundy seemed to be very comfortable with Grogan and with the special team work that was part of the scrimmage.

"I like his demeanor," said Gundy of Grogan. "In fairness, I know you guys weren't there to watch today, but he kicked really good. Not great but he kicked good for his PAT and field goals for his first scrimmage.

"Our special teams were good.," continued Gundy. "We worked three quarters speed return game and it was good. We kicked a considerable number of PAT and field goals and it was real good."

Plenty of Recruits at the Scrimmage
There were at least eight recruits at the scrimmage on Saturday night, and according to Scout.com and Fox Sports Ahmard Vital, who covers Houston and Texas, one received an offer tonight.

We knew that Houston (Alief Taylor), Texas, cornerback Chris Hardeman was going in Stillwater for the scrimmage. Hardeman, formerly committed to LSU, is a second-team All-Super Team cornerback in Texas Football Magazine.

His teammate, Keene Brown, is a 6-3, 195-pound receiver who was offered by Oklahoma State. Brown caught 41 passes for 677-yards and five touchdowns last season.

Two committed players were inside the Sherman Smith Training Center to watch the Cowboys. One was tall athlete Cole Walterscheid from Muenster, Texas, and he is every bit the 6-6 advertised.

Jenks safety Dylan Harding made the trip with several teammates, including fellow safety and top prospect in the state of Oklahoma, Steven Parker. Parker laughed when told he doesn't answer his phone much. He admits it is busy and he is getting plenty of attention.

Justin Curry, the younger brother of current Cowboys C.J. and Darius Curry, made the trip with his mother and father. His dad, Felix, is now the defensive coordinator at Fort Smith Northside in Arkansas.

The younger Curry rushed for close to 1,300 yards last season in helping Flowery Branch, Ga., into the playoffs. Curry is a 2015 prospect, as is powerful Rockwall, Texas running back Chris Warren. The 6-2, 214-pound Warren was watching along with stout teammate Jaylen Veasley, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive tackle.

Injuries Aren't Discussed, But Good News Is
Gundy was asked if his team had any injuries, if anybody was dinged up in the scrimmage or in camp so far. The head coach replied with a knock on wood gesture.

"Knock on wood," answered Gundy when confirming that his team had stayed healthy the first week plus of fall camp.

Cowboys Cheerleader Dating A Cowboy
It's well known in NFL circles that NFL cheerleaders cannot date players on the team they cheer for. That seems to be a general policy, but there is no rule about a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader dating an Oklahoma State Cowboy.

OSU nickel safety/special teams standout Zack Craig is dating Jordan Elizabeth, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who is a former TCU dance squad member.

The beautiful blond Texas native was at a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader rehearsal the day before a home game and the television in the studio was on an Oklahoma State game and Zack Craig was on the screen and drew the attention of the girls. Elizabeth found Craig on Twitter and a connection was made.

The two met in person when the Cowboys were in Dallas for the Heart of Dallas Bowl. A romance was born that teammates have known about but the media is just becoming aware of.

Elizabeth was at the scrimmage on Saturday and watched in the family section. She told me that she will be balancing three teams this next fall. She will cheer for the Cowboys but will also do some work for her alma mater TCU. Elizabeth will be game host on the Amon Carter Stadium videoboard.

"She tried out last fall and their game with OU was her tryout and she did good and they called her this summer and offered her the job," said Craig.

Elizabeth told me even with that job and the Dallas Cowboys she will make five of the six home games to watch Craig play for OSU. As you might imagine, Craig is pretty fond of his girlfriend, one you don't mind bringing home to mom, dad, and the whole family.

"She's met my parents a couple of times and my parents really like her," added Craig.

We'll have more on this story Monday.


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