Spring Practice: Childs Is Slim, Trim & Fast

Oklahoma State is now three-fifths of the way through spring football for 2015 and Friday head coach Mike Gundy and his staff shared the experience and traded some X's and O's with high school coaches from four different states as they held their annual spring coaches clinic. Speakers along with the Cowboys staff included two state championship high school coaches from Oklahoma and one from Texas.

Bixby head coach Loren Montgomery shared with the over 150 high school coaches how the Spartans won the Class 6A II state championship over Lawton. Brett Manning, a former player and assistant for his father at Lawton MacArthur, shared how the Highlanders won the Class 5A state championship which culminated with a 29-12 win over Skiatook in the title game.

Denton Guyer head coach John Walsh, who is also the father of Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh, was scheduled to speak but had to scratch because of a injury. Texas was represented by Dallas Bishop Dunne head coach Michael Johnson, who led the Falcons to the TAPPS Division I state championship and also coached All-State and 4-star defensive tackle OSU signee Darrion Daniels.

Gundy was pleased with the turnout of coaches especially with Friday being the start of the Easter holiday weekend.

The team went through a two-hour practice in front of the coaches. There was a continued emphasis on the run game as Rennie Childs continued to run the ball well behind the Cowboys offensive line.

Childs said a key to his success is losing five pounds.

"I weigh 200 and I know it is just five pounds, but it has made a difference," Childs said. "I feel lighter but still feel strong, and I ran a 4.41 in the forty, so I know I am quicker."

The work Childs spoke of came in the off-season workouts with speed, strength, and conditioning director Rob Glass and his staff. Childs readily admits he was highly motivated as he was looking forward to his opportunity at running back.

"It excites me. I've been waiting on this for a long time," he admitted. "I've been wanting all of the carries."

However, Childs admitted that he can't take all the carries. This offense has always needed several running backs to get through the season and will again in 2015.

"That's why we have Todd Mays and Raymond Taylor, to have my back when I get tired, and whenever they get tired I can step in and help out," Childs said in deflecting some attention to other backs. "It's just a team thing, team effort. We're all just there contributing to the team and putting our skills and everything we have toward the team goal, which is being Big 12 champions and national champions."

"It excites me. I've been waiting on this for a long time. I've been wanting all of the carries."

Childs may be the leader in the clubhouse for the starting job at running back but there is a reason that OSU signed Chris Carson out of Butler Community College and the competition will move to round two this summer and into fall camp.

It wasn't all running Friday as quarterback Mason Rudolph had a particularly good day hooking up with sophomore wide receiver James Washington. They connected several times including two long explosive plays and one for a touchdown.

The defense had its moments in the practice which ended with a 20-minute team period for the high school coaches to get a good feel for what the Cowboys have in preparing for the 2015 season.

The coaches weren't the only ones visiting campus. One of the Cowboys apparent top cornerback targets was in Stillwater in A.J. Green of Desoto, Texas. The 6-1, 170-pound corner has offers from Colorado State, Louisville, Rice, SMU, and Texas Tech in addition to the Cowboys. Baylor and OU are also recruiting him. Green had four picks last season for the Eagles. He was joined at the practice by his parents.

Another recruit there along with his dad was Clay Greathouse of Wichita Falls (Rider), Texas. Greathouse is hard to miss as he is 6-5, 290 pounds and the offensive tackle is well put together, a really strong looking kid. He has recruiting interest from Oklahoma State along with Kansas, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

The Cowboys will rest over the weekend and some players that are from close by will head home. The next spring practice, which starts the second to last week of the spring schedule, is on Monday.

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