The Cowboys went through a lively two hour and 40 minute practice in Boone Pickens Stadium Tuesday afternoon. After introduction of the game plan in Monday night's workout, the team began working on the plan for Saturday's showdown with Oklahoma.
The practice included a little more live work than usual between the first and second team offensive and defensive units. It also included a significant special teams work period early in the practice. The Cowboys will go hard again on Wednesday and begin tapering off and polishing their game on Thursday with a walk through on Friday.
Daniel McLemore looked good as he worked at cornerback on Tuesday. McLemore suffered a shoulder injury at Missouri, but was going full speed throughout the Tuesday practice.
Darrent Williams continues to be limited, but a final determination on his status is not due until later in the week. Williams has missed the past three games after suffering a broken forearm in the Iowa State win.
Offensive guard David Koenig suited out for practice, but was limited in his involvement. A determination on his playing status is also not due until later in the week.
Defensive lineman Brad Girtman was practicing and seeing reps with the second defensive unit in Tuesday's workout. Girtman has not played since an ankle injury sidelined him in the opening win over UCLA. Girtman has had some discipline problems off the field and while he has practiced he has not played in any games. He was scheduled to be on the trip and play against Missouri last week, but was left at home at the last minute. Head coach Les Miles has said Girtman will play again when the coaching staff and his teammates are satisfied with his status as a team member.
Farden Will Be A Key
One player who has a chance to have a huge impact in the game is Cowboy punter Cole Farden. The punter and kickoff specialist is a key at providing positive field position for the Cowboys. Farden is averaging 42.6 yards a punt and OSU has a net punt average of 39 yards. Farden was outstanding at Missouri as several of his punts were either downed or out of bounds innside the 20. On kickoffs the Cowboys are averaging giving up just 17.9 yards a kickoff, and many of Farden's kickoffs – make that the majority – have been touchbacks.
Jenks-Union Grown Up
There are a number of players on both sides in the game that played at either Jenks or Tulsa Union in high school. Those two Tulsa area schools have the premier rivalry in all of Oklahoma high school football. Cowboy linebacker Lawrence Pinson played at Jenks, and he said the Jenks-Union rivalry is comparable to the Bedlam rivalry.
"There are players from both sides in this game, and it is really like taking it up another notch," said Pinson. "Playing in this game is very close to what it is like in Jenks-Union. It's just a little more intense, there is a little more on the line, and there are a few more people in the stands."
ESPN GameDay Early Crew Arrives Tomorrow
The ESPN GameDay crew begins arriving in Stillwater on Wednesday headed by the show's producer Michael Fountain. Fountain and the early crew will survey the site OSU is suggesting for the location of the show. That spot is the corner of Hester and Athletic Avenues. The rest of the crew, including Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, and Kirk Herbstreit, will arrive on Friday.
(Tomorrow we will feature scouting reports on the OU offense and defense.)
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