Practice Report 14 - More Repitition In The Sun

Let's start the afternoon practice report by adding a note from the morning practice on Monday. We forgot to report that safety Jon Holland had an interception in the morning drill during the team period with the offense coming off the goal line. Holland stepped in front of a Donovan Woods pass and made a clean swipe.

Head coach Les Miles was a little happier that he had some heat to test his football team as the afternoon workout that lasted two hours and 25 minutes on Boone Pickens Stadium was the warmest of the preseason thus far. Special teams coordinator Joe DeForest was back, and you know as much as he loves his job that it felt good for him to get back to his players as he deals with the grief of losing his father.

Because of the stomach flu, DeForest was down to working with one kicker. Luke Roberts is suffering from the flu and freshman Jason Ricks was perfect on all of his kicks until he got back to 52 yards. Ricks was short on one, had the distance but was wide right on the second and the third hit the upright, just missing. Still, he looked good kicking in the afternoon. Punt returns were also worked on in the afternoon session.

Most of the rest of the workout was heavy on repitition and teaching. There were several individual periods mixed with exchange periods for the offense and defense to work against scout teams. The offense worked a lot of halves, allowing two quarterbacks to work. The focus was on the running game and short passing game. Donovan Woods proved slippery on a couple of quarterback keepers.

Finally, in team period Woods found Prentiss Elliott, D'Juan Woods, Luke Frazier and Chijuan Mack on several pass plays. Elliott actually had three receptions in the afternoon. One of the sharpest completions was a pass over the middle to tight end Billy Bajema. Bajema turned it up field for a good gain. Brandon Pettigrew, the freshman tight end out of Tyler Lee, also had a couple of grabs.

Before the team period, Elliott showed his competitiveness as he and strong safety Vernon Grant mixed it up momentarily during a seven-on-seven drill. Elliott is a competitor and won't be intimidated.

The defense more than held its own and had an interception in the afternoon from an unlikely source as defensive end Maurice Cummings picked off a Woods pass.

The best hit of the afternoon, which featured very little "live" work, came when linebacker Pagitte McGee came up and stopped backup quarterback Al Pena very emphatically.

You can tell the players are getting a little restless to go full steam, and they should get their chance tomorrow. Miles has said Tuesday's single workout at 3:30 p.m. will feature a mini-scrimmage. Our guess is somewhere around 40 plays. Miles has said the Cowboys will also scrimmage some on Thursday, Friday morning, and have a larger scale scrimmage on Saturday.

Tonight the Cowboys are meeting, have a walk through scheduled, and then snacks from Charlie's Chicken before calling it a night.

All Oklahoma State practices in the preseason are closed to the general public.

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