NFL WEEK AT PRACTICE
This has been NFL week at the Cowboy practices as teams like the Patriots, Colts, Jets, Ravens, Eagles, Broncos and Cardinals have been in the last two days to watch video during the morning and eyeball practice in the afternoon. The NFL scouts will be welcome all next week during the open week and then on Tuesdays the rest of the season.
It's not bad having the scouts in because players pick up the pace. Nobody wants to be caught loafing by the pro scouts. They really are no distraction either as they stand off to the side watching and taking notes. With his NFL experience with the Dallas Cowboys, Les Miles is popular with the pro personnel folks in the NFL.
INJURED HEALING UP
Other than Brad Girtman and safety Jamar Ransom all of the Cowboy injured have returned to practice. Girtman has participated some in practices and likely could play against SMU. Ransom will likely be held out and make his return when conference play begins with Iowa State on Oct. 2.
JONES LOOKS TO LEAVE
I haven't checked, but I do know that freshman wide receiver Phiilp Jones out of Denton Ryan asked for and received his release to transfer. Jones, who injured his knee in summer workouts at OSU over a year ago, has struggled coming back from knee surgery. He is a definite talent, but has never reagined the form he showed in high school. Sometimes it takes two years for a skill player to regain total confidence in the knee after major surgery.
WALK-ON FULLBACK COULD BE REAL HELP
Look out for former Tulsa Bishop Kelly fullback James Clancy. Clancy had a weird week last week leading up to the Tulsa game since he left TU and joined the Cowboys the first week of school. The 6-0, 240-pounder is a stout blocker and was sensational in high school. Right now he is working on the scout team as he has to sit out this season, but next year he could prove to be a valuable reserve.
DEEP SNAPPER ACCURACY
I was asking special teams coordinator Joe DeForest about an item in The Dallas Morning News that said the Dallas Cowboys deep snapper could actually measure and pace his snaps so it arrived to the holder with the laces in the right position, so the ball did not need to be spun. DeForest said when he was a deep snapper he could do that, and that current Cowboy snapper Jacob Dressen was also able to do that. I don't know, but I think that is pretty incredible.
Freshman quarterback Bobby Reid is out on the practice field again this week going through throwing exercises and conditioning drills. He has not been cleared by the medical staff yet to fully participate in practice. Asked on Monday if Reid would be cleared in time for the open week to get some reps, head coach Les Miles said a few weeks ago it looked like that was probable, but now it was uncertain.
CAPTAINS THIS WEEK
Luke Frazier was awarded a scholarship last week, and now just a week later he will represent the Cowboys as a captain for the game against SMU. The former walk-on from Skiatook, by way of NEO, has impressed the coaching staff and his teammates with his desire and blocking ability out on the edge. Frazier will be joined at midfield for the coin toss by defensive captain and senior cornerback Darrent Williams and special teams captain and junior cornerback Daniel McLemore.
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