Practice Report 13-Passing Game Gets Workout

One of the best position battles on the team is for the job of kicking field goals and extra points. As the Cowboys held their first workout on Monday, the second day of two-a-days this preseason, another name jumped into the competition. Freshman Jason Ricks out of Round Rock (Westwood), Texas, has been the leader. On Monday he was kicking against a fellow Texas freshman, walk-on Stewart Pearcy out of San Angelo (Central).

Both kickers boomed through their extra points and field goal attempts from 32 yards. Then on the left hash from 38 yards out it became interesting. Defensive end Jerry Don Bray got his mitt on Ricks' attempt and batted it away for the block. Pearcy went wide right with his try. Ricks' second attempt was blocked again. This time freshman Walter Thomas pried open a hole and Trumain Carroll went through to get the block. Pearcy nailed his second try. Moving to the right hash, both kickers were good. Then they finished with each attempting a 48-yarder down the middle and both made good. This contest, which also includes redshirt freshman Luke Roberts, could go down to the last few days before the opener at UCLA.

To add to our special teams coverage, Cole Farden is incredible. The Cowboy punter and kickoff specialist hit punts of 45, 43, 54, 42 and 45 yards this morning for a five punt average of 45.4 per kick, all with good hang time.

The Cowboys also worked on kickoff coverage units. Those players know they have to run down, but more often than not Farden puts the ball out of the end zone or deep enough that the returner takes a knee.

The body of the practice was devoted to passing game work and the offense coming off the goal line. Starting quarterback Donovan Woods had a solid practice and found several receivers with success including walk-on Luke Frazier. Wide receivers coach Todd Monken has been very complimentary of Frazier, a Skiatook and NEO product. Frazier had the grab of the morning as he battled a defender to make an over-the-shoulder grab on a 35-yard seam route from Woods. Frazier also caught three other passes in the practice.

The defense had its success as Clay Coe, Brad Girtman, Marque Fountain and Jerry Don Bray put good pressure on Woods. Both cornerback Darrent Williams and strong safety Vernon Grant had impressive break ups during the team work.

The workout ended with a lengthy conditioning period. The Cowboys will go again this afternoon with a 4:10 practice. Meetings, a walk through, and a snack from Charlie's Chicken are on the evening agenda. The Cowboys are slated to go through a brief scrimmage in the lone workout Tuesday afternoon. All Oklahoma State preseason practices are closed to the general public.

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