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Cowboys Football: Third Practice In Pads

Oklahoma State's depth in the secondary is showing in spring practice with safeties Jordan Sterns and Tre Flowers among those leading the way.

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State went through its sixth spring practice overall putting the Cowboys just past the one-third mark for spring football. The nearly three-hour practice today was witnessed by close to 120 high school football coaches from as far away as Ames, Iowa that were there attending the annual Cowboys Coach's Clinic.

You would probably say the defense won the day overall as an observer but there were highlights on both sides of the ball. During the inside drill, the Cowboys offense was able to run the ball well as Jeff Carr (now weighing close to 180 pounds), Rennie Childs, and Chris Carson all broke off good runs.

On the defensive side, linebacker Devante Averette seem to play well as did the defensive ends for the most part. Also on the defensive line, tackle Motekiai Maile, wearing his new number of 90, Vincent Taylor, and senior Eric Davis all showed up. The pass pro drill was lively as the offensive line was presented with working against stunts, and hand it to the redshirt freshman Marcus Keyes as he continues to look really good. Starting right tackle Zach Crabtree and starting right guard Jesse Robinson handled themselves well throughout the work.

Defensive ends Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford and Cole Walterscheid continue to impress in a lot of ways. When you think that All-SWJCFC defensive Tralund Webber from Blinn C.C. will be here in the summer you start to feel really solid about that position despite the loss of likely first-round NFL Draft pick Emmanuel Ogbah and fellow NFL prospect Jimmy Bean. Both were at the practice and Bean said he is getting better every day. The Detroit Lions are scheduled to come to Stillwater next week to work out and speak with both players.

The team period at the end had the first units going against each other and same with the second units. The session started off with a rarity as quarterback Mason Rudolph was picked on a good play by safety Tre Flowers. Rudolph came back to complete some big plays and backup quarterback Taylor Cornelius had a long completion to Chris Lacy as a highlight.

"I thought it was good until the very end when we gave up a touchdown," safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt said when asked how he felt the practice went. "I thought we did a good job. Flowers had a nice pick to start the practice. It got kind of physical. There were a lot of high school coaches here so it was getting edgy and you've got to love that as a defense."

Hammerschmidt said he is enjoying how his group is playing, and is pleased with transfer Derrick Moncrief, who came from Auburn and is 6-2, 220 is a big guy back there, to go with returning starters Jordan Sterns and Tre Flowers. 

"It's great to have all our guys back at safety," said the veteran coach. "We're fairly deep, which means we've got to step up and produce and make some plays. They have been. The first couple of days we got some interceptions. Tre is experienced and Jordan's experienced and really good. Derrick Moncrief is coming on. Jerel [Morrow] is still back there and [so is] Dylan Harding. We've got some bodies back there so that should be a strong point on the defense."

The Cowboys get back at it on Monday, and it is likely that later in the week, either Wednesday or Friday, that head coach Mike Gundy may be ready to see the first full scrimmage of the spring. He hinted at that the other day.

Coach's Clinic

It was interesting to look on the practice field and see Edmond Santa Fe assistant and former Oklahoma State receiver/tight end and Iowa State assistant coach Roger Pfieffer standing next to Josh Henson. Henson, the Cowboys new offensive analyst and former Missouri offensive coordinator, was a teammate and a starting offensive guard on those teams in 1994-96 with Pfieffer. 

The coaches attending the clinic today heard speakers including Oklahoma State associate athletic director for speed, strength, and conditioning Rob Glass, Jenks High School 13-time state championship winning head coach Allan Trimble, Southmoore head coach Jeremy Stark, Marshall, Texas head coach Clint Harper, and Coppell, Texas head coach Mike Dewitt. The clinic started Friday morning and continued after practice with a dinner, social hour, and the opportunity for coaches to visit and exchange ideas with the entire Cowboys coaching staff.

Recruits and Even a Potential Transfer

There were several 2017 recruits in the house on Friday, one expected arrival for this summer in the 2016 class, and a potential Division I transfer.

The potential transfer is LSU wide receiver Trey Quinn. Quinn has already received his release and the two-year letterman for the Tigers is looking for a school where he will sit out and then have two years to play. Quinn is 6-0, 197 pounds out Lake Charles (Barbe), La. He played in 13 games as a freshman and started seven, catching 17 passes for 193 yards. Last season he played in 12 games and started two of those with five receptions for 83 yards. In high school he had 1,967 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns his senior year to earn 2014 U.S. Army All-American honors. As a youngster he also pitched a no-hitter in the 2008 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. He helped lead the Lake Charles team to the U.S. title game where they lost to Hawaii. Quinn was on an official visit and has four more to take before he has to pick out a school to transfer to.

The 2016 arrival this summer is preferred walk-on quarterback Nyc Burns of Tulsa Berryhill. The 6-5, 187-pound Burns has been to each OSU practice this week.

Speaking of quarterbacks, my favorite from Nike's The Opening Regional at Coppell, Texas back on March 13, Cam Roane out of Colleyville (Heritage), Texas was there Friday with his father, Julian, watching as well. Roane spent most of the day with offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Mike Yurcich. The interest is going both ways between Roane and the Cowboys.

The 6-1 1/2, 196-pound Roane has a good arm and is athletic. Last season at Heritage he completed 117 of 209 passes for 2,052 yards, with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran 95 times for 404 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Roane has three offers including Arkansas State, but Oklahoma State, Boise, LSU, OU, TCU, and Texas are showing interest. I observed Roane at The Opening Regional and he is a natural leader that had command of the receivers he worked with and receivers were counting in the line to try and work in his group during his set of plays.

Offensive tackle prospect Derek Kerstetter, who really impressed the Oklahoma State staff and observers last summer in a Mary-Hardin Baylor satellite camp in San Antonio, was there. Kerstetter is 6-5, 285 pounds out of San Antonio Reagan High School. He has offers from Bowling Green, Illinois, Minnesota, UTSA, and Toledo.

Defensive end Spencer Misko of Keller, Texas was there watching the defensive linemen throughout the practice. The 6-4 1/2, 224-pound Misko had 27 tackles last season with 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and a fumble recovery. He is a two-year starter working on three this fall, and so far Texas is recruiting him the heaviest but he is waiting for his first offer.

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