Scrimmage a success

Saturday's scrimmage brought out the Cowboy masses, and the excitement nears for the Aug. 30 opener in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A large crowd filled the lower half of Lewis Field's north end Saturday afternoon to watch the final practice of the Oklahoma State football team before classes start.


They were treated to a full-contact scrimmage.


"It was great. It was a lot of fun," said Oklahoma State coach Les Miles of the crowd and the scrimmage. "Everyone's excited and clappin. It's really nice for our young kids to see that crowd and the fans that are following Oklahoma State and how loyal they are."


And the team put on a show for them, mainly on offense.




Quarterback Josh Fields looked sharp throwing 10-for-15 for 178 yards and four touchdowns, including a perfectly thrown 39-yarder to wide receiver Kenneth Williams.


Another young receiver, Tommy Devereaux, made a difficult, juggling snag for a 44-yard gain on a toss by quarterback Jamie Beeghley.


"Those guys (Williams, Devereaux and Erick McCown) have been improving," Fields said. "You've gotta watch Rashaun (Woods) out there in practice. He's out there helping those guys along, giving them tips and techniques that they can work on."


Fittingly, Woods finished the scrimmage atop the receiving stats with four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.


The running game for the Cowboys didn't look too shabby either, netting 93 yards and a touchdown.


Running back Seymore Shaw led the way with 58 yards, but sophomore fullback Shawn Willis stole the show in the backfield with some impressive plays.


He only rushed for 4 yards, but he had two catches, one in which he rumbled down the field, knocking over defenders for 35 yards and nearly scoring.


"Looks like if he (Willis) gets out in front … he can make some people miss and get some yards," Miles said. "I like the way he's blocking, too. To me, a 260-pound fullback, he might run pretty good, but he blocks pretty good, too."




The Pokes' defense netted four sacks and one interception on the afternoon but all-in-all was overshadowed by the offense.

Safety Jamar Ransom forced a fumble that was recovered by Daniel McLemore late in the scrimmage, but he was caught from behind by Woods, stopping the easy score.


"I'm glad he (Woods) ran that thing down," Miles said. "I don't know if I'd put him in the blacks and give D-Mac and Rashaun the same start, but it shows you that Rashaun can turn it on when he needs to."


One of the biggest young standouts on the team, defensive tackle Brad Girtman, didn't net a tackle Saturday, but still showed the hustle and strength for which he has begun to be known.


"Brad Girtman is a stud," said offensive lineman Sam Mayes. "I walked up to the line during the goal line plays, one of the last few plays, and he was playin across from me. And I said, ‘Girtman, you're too light to play with me.' And he got pissed off. He moved over the right tackle and proceeded to whoop his butt for three plays."


There were no major injuries on either side of the ball during the scrimmage, despite the overbearing sun and hot field conditions.


"We had a couple of bangs and bruises," Miles said. "Anytime that you go two hours in the sun, you're liable to get knicked a little bit, and we did. But, having talked to the trainer, it didn't appear to be anything serious."


Among players that didn't practice were tight end Billy Bajema and running back Tatum Bell. Bell sat out with a tight hamstring.


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