On one side of Hall of Fame Avenue the Cowboys were announcing a new basketball coach, but work was going on as scheduled on the other side of the street at spring football practice.
Women's basketball coach Jim Littell was very attentive, baseball head coach Josh Holliday and pitching coach Rob Walton made the scene and Holliday even got a mention as new basketball head coach Mike Boynton told the crowd he was a New York Yankees fan and looked forward to cheering on Matt Holliday with Josh sometime. Soccer coach Colin Carmichael was there, so was track and cross country coach Dave Smith. Many of the Oklahoma State coaches and athletic staff members were there, they should have been. It's big to announce a new basketball coach, but Mike Gundy had a previous engagement and an excused absence as Oklahoma State held their seventh practice of the 15 allotted in spring football.
The Cowboys were in full pads for close to two and a half hours over in and outside the Sherman Smith Training Center, in fact, some of the media headed across the street later after the news conference to catch the last few minutes of the practice.
A lot of emphasis on the run game and run defense on Monday. Both Jeff Carr and L.D. Brown looked good at running back and the first team offensive line had some well-blocked run plays. Once again, count defensive end Jordan Brailford as a major disruption on defense as he was very tough to block just like we noticed and noted last week.
Because of the basketball news conference we only saw about the last hour of practice, but it was still plenty. Kenneth Edison-McGruder is still getting settled in at the star linebacker but there is some really good competition there with Edison-McGruder, Kirk Tucker, and sophomore Calvin Bundage, who continues to prove that he is also a very formidable hitter.
There were several guests at practice as in recruits.
Nic McTear, a tight end that will play Cowboy back and is an OSU commitment out of Frisco (Heritage), Texas was there with his mother. McTear is every bit the 6-4, 220 pounds as listed and at just 16-years-old, he is one good looking football prospect. He was a first-team All-District player last season with 14 catches for 251-yards and four touchdowns. Modest stats for a team that struggled. He is listed with only two-stars by Scout, but should be at least a three-star. He might be better than that. His offers are up and now include Auburn, Baylor, Houston, and Miami (Fla.).
Also, there today were 2018 offensive lineman Jackson Hussey all the way from Boulder, Colo. and Patrick Atkinson, a linebacker from Cy-Fair in the Houston area. Hussey is from Boulder High School and is listed at 6-4, 286 pounds. Atkinson is the son and grandson of NFL players, so he has excellent bloodlines. He is 6-0, 200, so a little small for linebacker, but his tape shows he is a hitter and he pursues really well, taking great angles and possessing excellent closing speed.
Tuesday is an off day for the Cowboys, but they will be back on the practice field on Wednesday to cross the halfway point with practice number eight. The spring game will be on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. inside Boone Pickens Stadium.