Earlier we posted a story the primarily focused on the Cowboy backs and the video accompanying this story will be more with Cowboy backs coach Jason McEndoo on the pass-catching ability of his crew and work on the run game by the entire offense. But there was more to study than Cowboy backs as the Oklahoma State football team ramps it up with a third evening metabolics practice the rest of summer school before breaking later this month and then reporting on Aug. 2 for the start of fall camp.
The Cowboys will start with 105 players when they report for camp. There is competition to see who all gets there for camp as there is a lot of competition among the larger than usual group of walk-ons, some veteran and some young. One of the younger walk-ons to watch is Whitesboro, Texas linebacker Jake Dyer, who strength coaches and teammates all agree is a "real deal" football player.
The last scholarship freshman to report is on campus in Canadian linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga. He had to stay in Calgary to finish high school as the academic calendar is different north of the border. Ogbongbemiga appears to have been following the workout sent to him by Rod Glass as he reported in good shape and has transitioned well into the workouts.
Other freshmen that stood out in the workout on Monday included DeSoto, Texas cornerback A.J. Green, who picked off a pass and ran it to the end zone. It came against fellow freshman quarterback Keondre Wudtee, who also completed a deep ball to young wide receiver Tyrell Alexander. Wudtee is a conscientious player who works hard and it trying to do things right. He is very athletic and already popular with fellow freshmen and older players too.
Monday was a good night for the passing game and also the passing defense as there was give and take. Mason Rudolph threw the ball well as did Taylor Cornelius, and John Kolar was improved. Rudolph hit both Marcell Ateman, who is bigger than he has ever been listed at 215 pounds, and James Washington for long balls. Jalen McCleskey was active catching the ball over the middle along with the Cowboy backs.
On the defensive side, corners Ramon Richards, who did get beat once on a press situation, speedy Bryce Balous, and senior graduate transfer Lenzy Pipkins all had big break-ups. Pipkins is going to help a lot and he plays with an attitude and is not afraid to do a little talking.
Some other players that stood out included defensive ends Cole Walterscheid, Jarrell Owens, and Jordan Brailford. All three look really good and the "Body by Glass" work this summer has benefited those young defensive ends. Also, Baylor departure D.Q. Osborne at defensive tackle has reported and he appears to be about 5-10, 320 pounds or more. He is a two-gap player based on his junior college video.
At linebacker and safety the dedication was evident as they all stayed late, with the safeties and some corners working against quarterbacks and receivers out on the field. The linebackers, including leader Chad Whitener and an impressive group of star backers including Jordan Burton and redshirt freshman Kevin Henry, went under the west end zone in the tunnel and caught balls off the Juggs machine. It is a positive sign that guys are looking to do extra work.
The offensive line is progressing and is having a very good summer, according to the strength staff. Outside of the returning starters, youngster Marcus Keyes continues to draw compliments.