Two weeks now in the books as the Oklahoma State Cowboys went through a nearly two and a half hour fully padded practice that finished off with some team work at the end. The Cowboys now have six practices in the books and nine more to go with one of those being the spring game on Saturday, April 15.
Quarterback Mason Rudolph zipped the first team offense down the field with a completion to James Washington, Jeff Carr had a good run into the score zone, and Mason Rudolph ran in on a quarterback boot for the touchdown. Later Rudolph threw a touchdown pass to James Washington. The defense had it's high points during the team work with some stops and turnovers. Keondre Wudtee, quarterbacking the second team offense, was doing some running and was looking pretty good but he fumbled once and the defense pounced on it.
In the audience for the entire practice were 148 coaches that were there for the Oklahoma State spring football coaches clinic. There were 128 pre-registered and a few more showed up at the door to hear from the entire Oklahoma State coaching staff, strength and conditioning coordinator Rob Glass, and four high school head coaches and their coordinators. Tulsa Union head coach Kirk Fridrich, Tuttle, Okla., head coach Brad Ballard, Denton (Ryan), Texas head coach Dave Henigan, and DeSoto, Texas head coach Todd Peterman were the high school coaches making presentations with their staffs.
Before the team period watching the pass pro work with the offensive and defensive lines, there were good things on both sides, but one of the best things was defensive end Jordan Brailford. Listed now at 6-3, 250 pounds, Brailford is a hoss, straight up. He is a physical force. He missed all of last season after dealing with a similar injury (stress-type fracture) to his lower leg. The first time with the other leg he had surgery with a rod inserted for stability. This time it was different. according to Brailford.
"I stayed off of it for six months," Brailford explained. "Even though it was the same injury, it was different. They said it would heal if I stayed off of it. Coming back they (doctors) have said there will be pain and I have to gage how well I can take it."
Mike Gundy hopes that pain never surfaces. He remembers what a force Brailford was in the Sugar Bowl against Ole Miss, the best thing the Cowboys had going up front and in practice on Friday, Brailford was nearly impossible to block. He has really become stronger, has his quickness, and is enthusiastic about playing, hungry to make up for lost time and inactivity.
"There's not a lot of guys (here), we don't get a number of guys as athletic as he is and can play his position," Gundy said. "If he stays healthy and plays the way he should he can have more of an impact than anybody we have on the field."
"I feel real good, I feel better than before I got hurt," Brailford said. "Yes, I feel wanted and I'm just glad to be out here with the guys making plays, and doing the things we like to do."
Like rush the quarterbacks and make them and the offensive tackles miserable. He is doing a good job of it.
Denton Ryan head coach Dave Henigan reported that his sensational quarterback at Denton Ryan, Spencer Sanders is ahead of schedule in his rehab on his ACL that he injured in the Texas Playoff semifinals against Highland Park.
"He is doing well, really well," Henigan said. "We are encouraged and feel he will be back and ready to go.
"He is not a camp kind of kid," added Henigan when asked about Sanders missing camps like Nike and Under Armour. "He is the kind of kid that misses working out with his teammates and being around them. You know that injury cost him and us a state championship, his basketball season and his track season."
Along with Coach Fridrich and the Tulsa Union staff there were a bunch of Union players on hand for the practice.
"I didn't know all our guys were coming over here, but there are some really good players off our squad that are here today," Fridrich said.
On hand from Tulsa Union:
2019 Class offensive tackle Ricky Stromberg
2019 Class defensive end Darrias Murdock
2019 Class quarterback Peyton Thompson
2019 Class inside or outside linebacker Trae Thompson
2019 Class inside or outside linebacker Elijah Tomlin
2019 Class center Zoen Shannon
2019 Class running back Darius Boone