Cowboys Take Monday Off To Begin Classes

The first day of classes brings a welcome tradition for Oklahoma State football players - no practice and no meetings. It was the first complete day off for the squad since the team reported for practice Aug. 8. While the players worried about finding classes, getting books and enjoying the return of campus life, the coaches were in meetings most of the day working further on preparations for the UCLA game.

The coaches are waiting on word from the NCAA Clearing House on newcomers defensive tackle Walter Thomas and wide receiver Prentiss Elliott. That word had not come as of late this afternoon. Until the word comes down those two players, both of whom are expected to contribute this season, will not be able to practice. The next practice is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. Tuesday.

One of the players discussed the most is quarterback Donovan Woods. Woods had a solid outing in the scrimmage on Saturday throwing for a touchdown, while going against a defense that has most of the offense's plays and checks down. Woods said going against that strong defensive group helps and he is getting better.

"I think I continue to grow and learn from every practice whether it is good or bad," said Woods. "I just continue to make progress each and every day. I think I will continue to develop and be what the coaches want me to be."

Woods had the following to say about his performance in the Saturday scrimmage: "It was pretty good. I did some good things, but I also did some things that I need to see in the film room and improve on. I will get in the film room and talk to coach Gundy and try to get back and make improvements."

Woods on working with receivers at the college level: "You have big strong Division I guys and it makes your job as a quarterback easier to get the ball to them."

Woods takes his next step Tuesday when the Cowboys get back to practice.

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