First Day of Spring Practice

First Day Of Spring Practice More Of A Beauty Contest Head coach Les Miles said take the field and with that 82 players hit the field at Boone Pickens Stadium for the start of spring football. The Cowboys have 15 days of spring football practice, which will be split up by spring break. The final workout will take place on Saturday, April 10, at 11 a.m. with a scrimmage expected on that day.

There are six practice open to the public which include Saturday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m.; Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, April 3, at 1 p.m.; and the final practice on April 10.

This is the fastest football squad in Oklahoma State history as forty times in the testing that ws wrapped up with Pro Timing Day on Thursday yielded times of 4.50 or better by 18 different players. Some of the best times included cornerback Darrent Williams with a 4.28, safety Vernon Grant with a 4.32, cornerback Grant Jones with a 4.38, cornerback Andrew Alexander with a 4.30, tilback Seymore Shaw with a 4.42, wide receiver Tommy Devereaux with a 4.32, wide receiver Chijuan Mack with a 4.35, and cornerback Daniel McLemore with a 4.12.

The speed was on display in the first workout as most of the practice was a teaching session with the only highlights coming from drills involving the skill players. There was no contact as the NCAA requires teams start spring ball with two sessions in helmets and shorts. A good crowd watched the team go through their work.

One area and position where the competition started in earnest was place kicker as returning punter and kickoff specialist Cole Farden and walkon Luke Roberts were charted on field goals. The two players both kicked well, but the holders were inconsistent as the Cowboys work to replace former holder and backup punter Sky Rylant.

Quarterback will be the most watched position as returning backup Jamie Beeghley battles Georgia Tech transfer Al Pena, redshirt freshmen Donovan Woods and Mike Friess, and celebrated true freshman and spring enrollee Robert Reid will battle to see who is next in line behind starter and baseball standout Josh Fields. Fields is eligible for the Major League Baseball Amatuer Draft and could be gone to pro baseball. If he is back then one of the quarterbacks this spring will win the backup job. All the quarterbacks got reps today as they seemed to trade out every two or three plays. There was rust for sure and some uncertainty, and several quarterbacks strugled some with the center exchange

"I thought they all looked good and each did some good things, but they are all young," said head coach Les Miles of the quarterbacks. "We will get all of them as many reps as we can and then go into August with more competition before naming a starter before playing UCLA," added Miles hinting for the first time that maybe Fields won't be back and will be playing pro baseball.

Robert Reid and Donovan Woods have captured a lot of fanfare from O-State fans because of their running ability and their celebrated high school careers. Both are eager to compete with the group.

"It helped me to see the other four quarterbacks," said highly regarded freshman Robert Reid. "They are all older than I am and have been out here before, so today I was kind of following their lead."

"Everybody is getting a chance, and we all have improvement to make," said Donovan Woods. "I thought everybody looked pretty good today and were off to a good start with spring football."

The Cowboys will have a larger audience on Saturday morning as they are expecting over 150 high school prospects and many of their parents at the program's annual junior day on camp

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