Former Oklahoma State head coach Pat Jones, now a Tulsa radio personality, was in Stillwater to watch practice on Wednesday morning. Jones, who coached Mike Gundy as a quarterback at Oklahoma State and gave him his first coaching job as a wide receivers coach, usually makes it over once every fall and once in the spring to check out what his former player's team looks like.
Jones is a very entertaining individual and is never short on opinions. Today, Jones was spending a lot of time watching the young Cowboys defense and he is a fan of the defensive line -- that is a strong suit for the Cowboys.
Another NFL Scouts Day
This was another day where the NFL scouts were allowed to attend practice and take notes.
The Chicago Bears were back after also attending on Tuesday. The New England Patriots had two scouts in attendance, which is unusual. Scouts will be permitted again on Thursday and Friday, but not on saturday for the first scrimmage of camp.
Some Young Corners Too
Today's practice story was primarily on the young safeties and their leader in fifth-year safety Larry Stephens. But behind expected starters in returning starter Kevin Peterson and talented Ashton Lampkin is a similar situation with an older player in Miketavius Jones and some younger players like Darius Curry, Taylor Lewis and even true freshman Juwan Offray.
“They’re young. When we say young, we just mean they haven’t had game experience, but they have really good natural ability, and that’s what excites us," cornerbacks coach Van Malone said.
"We’re going to have to continue to push them, work with their effort and make sure that they never take plays off, make sure that they understand the scheme. KP and Ashton, they understand the scheme. These (young) guys are learning the scheme. We have to make sure that they understand the scheme, but then also continue to focus on their technique, because they have a lot of natural ability. They came here with that. We have to continue to refine it and to fit it within our scheme.”