Working Toward The Opener In Houston

STILLWATER - Camp is over and that means so are practice reports, although practices will remain closed throughout the season. The Cowboys were on the grass practice fields located east of the Sherman E. Smith Training Center. The grass is the best grass we've ever seen the Cowboys have access to for practice. Several of the members of the support staff said it was like walking on carpet.

That gives the Cowboys virtually four full fields available for their use to practice on across Hall of Fame Avenue from the stadium.

Practice Tuesday was just over two hours and was one of the warmest since the team reported on Aug. 1. This was practice number 19 by our count of the 29 permitted to prepare for the opener on Aug. 31 in Houston against Mississippi State.

The team spent a long portion of the practice working against scout units representing the Mississippi State offense and defense.

On offense, coordinator Mike Yurcich is feeling pretty good about lining up the offense with the playmakers at their disposal on offense. Yurcich is happy to have an abundance of receivers to go with the running backs.

"I feel real comfortable with that and we talked about that today as a staff," said Yurcich. "You know all the coaches sit down to think about which plays are best and situations come into play. But ultimately it's about your players and the best ones getting the ball."

On defense, Glenn Spencer came out of Saturday's scrimmage looking at some specific areas to improve.

"We need to continue to create depth and improve on open-field tackling, we need quicker intensity to the ball and we need players buying in emotionally, this is what we have to do in order to do some good things this year," said Spencer after the scrimmage.

"We just have to keep working on that. I told them after the scrimmage that we have a good thing going on and we have to keep believing and no one can be selfish," added the defensive coordinator. "If we do that, then we will be okay."

In fact, Spencer has seemingly kept the Bulldogs on his mind some throughout the summer and fall camp.

"I watch a little bit of them every day so I can chip away at the game plan," he said. "A lot of times it comes down to having low pads and being tough. You can't have them out-numbered every snap. They do too many good things in their run game.

"There has to be a point in time where guys have to take care of business and get off a block and make a play. It's a challenge, but they see the film just like we do, so they know what they're in for. It's not going to be a surprise."

The Cowboys will practice again Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before holding a dress rehearsal/mock scrimmage on Saturday.

Recruiting Note
There was one recruit on hand at the practice as McKinney, Texas offensive lineman David Tachie made the trip to Stillwater with his father and brother. Tachie is a 6-3, 286-pound prospect that was at the Mary Hardin-Baylor satellite camp that the OSU coaching staff guest coaches at in Rockwall, Texas.

Tachie did not participate at the camp as he watched and supported his teammate speedy athlete T.V. Williams, who has since committed verbally to Kentucky.

Tachie said he was working out coming off an injury and was planning to attend the OSU camp in Stillwater the next weekend. He did not attend that but did make it up with his dad for Tuesday's practice at OSU.

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