Conditioning Shows Up In Afternoon Heat

It was a typical first afternoon of practice for the Cowboy veterans as 47 players strong took part in the two and a half hour workout. Just as in the morning, this was as good as an Oklahoma State team has looked physically starting practice and their conditioning showed at the end of the practice when they finished strong with the running.

Cole Farden was the first player we noticed as he was in midseason form punting the ball. During the special teams work early he broke off a couple of 70-yard plus punts that pushed Darrent Williams almost into the hedges to field. The overall timing on all the special teams work was good as punts and extra points were getting off in close to a second and a half. Deep snapper Jacob Dressen has improved on both his velocity and his accuracy.

The offensive line worked extensively on fundamentals and later got together with the defensive line for some pass rush drills. The o-linemen in the afternoon were tackles Kellen Davis and Corey Hilliard; guards Sam Mayes, Doug Bond, and David Koenig; and centers and guards Chris Akin, Corey Curtis, and newcomer Kade Kusik.

Quarterbacks Donovan Woods and Jamie Beeghley both threw the ball well. It is obvious that Woods is more comfortable throwing to the receivers after having worked with them all summer. D'Juan Woods stuck out among the receivers as he made several circus catches.

The tight ends were very impressive with Billy Bajema, Charlie Johnson, and Paschal Smith all catching the ball well and they were solid with their blocking fundamentals.

We'll focus more on the defense in tomorrow afternoon's practice report.

The entire squad will participate in Fan Appreciation Day and Media Day tomorrow with the Newcomers set to work out at 7:40 a.m. and the varsity going at 4:10 p.m. Both practices, and all of the preseason practices are closed to the public.

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