Cowboys Notebook: Life And Football

Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy would have loved to have been out on the fields of the Sherman Smith Indoor Facility and practice field watching his 2014 squad go through their entire first practice on Friday. But shortly after the practice was underway Gundy had to leave and pick up his wife Kristen and head to Tulsa to be there for lifelong friends Joey and Lisa Witcher.

The Witchers lost their 20-year-old daughter to injuries from a terrible automobile crash on Riverside Drive in Tulsa this past weekend. Taylor Witcher was an outstanding student at OU and was with two friends coming back from a Christian concert when a car traveling the opposite direction caused the collision. The 20-year-old was an outstanding student and beautiful young lady.

The Gundys have shown with their actions their devotion as parents to their three sons (Gavin, Gunnar, Gage) and showed their loyalty and devotion to their friends. Mike Gundy grew up with Joey Witcher. At Midwest City High School, Gundy-to-Witcher was a big part of the Bombers attack and Witcher went on to walk-on at Oklahoma State and play at receiver with his friend at quarterback. The two, along with their wives, have stayed great friends.

I asked Glenn Spencer after practice, with what Gundy stands for and tries to teach his players off the field about life, if this was a teaching moment to his team about how teammates are there for each other long after they throw and catch passes.

"Any time something like that happens and it draws him away from what we are doing then everyone knows that is important," Spencer started explaining. "We talk about family and men of character, integrity, and honor, and you better show it to them. We talk about it all the time and if they hear it but they don't see it in your actions then it won't work. Everything is a teaching moment and what Mike was doing was one today."

Kolar, Quarterbacks, and Wariboko-Alali On Hand
Norman North quarterback and Oklahoma State commitment John Kolar was at practice bright and early Friday morning. The 6-4, 190-pound signal caller is considered a top 300 player in the country and the top quarterback in Oklahoma. He had a friend in tow as he was joined by Oklahoma City Casady offensive line prospect Josh Wariboko-Alali.

Kolar said it was in his best interests to help entice a few big guys to head with him to Oklahoma State.

Kolar and Wariboko were joined by two other quarterbacks from the recruiting class of 2016. Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre (6-3, 190) and Jake Zembiec of Rochester (St. Thomas Aquinas), N.Y.

Torre came in last season after the injury to blue-chip quarterback Justice Hansen and showed he was more than capable in replacing Hansen. Zembiec is a standout in New York that is drawing lots of recruiting attention and he has been in Stillwater on on unofficial visit for several days this week.

Welcome Extreme Campers
There are some 80 super fans in Stillwater this weekend participating in the annual Extreme Camp on the opening weekend of fall camp.

The Cowboys fans participating are able to attend all of practices through Sunday, go to team meetings, eat training table meals with the team, have a social time with the Cowboys coaching staff, and will hear from Oklahoma State and Dallas Cowboys great Walt Garrison on Saturday.

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