Spring Football Notes & Quotes

SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR THIS WEEK: The Cowboys were originally scheduled to practice on Thursday before the break for spring break, but the staff has moved the practice up to Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. The Wednesday practice will be the first practice in full pads this spring and it will be the final practice for the squad until they return from the break and practice on Monday, March 21.

The list of walking wounded did shrink just a little for Monday's practice as linebacker Paul Duren and defensive end Trumain Carroll were back on the practice field. Duren said his ankle, which was sprained a couple of weeks ago in offseason conditioning work, held up well during practice as he took turns getting reps at middle linebacker.
One player was added to the wounded list as fullback James Clancy pulled a hamstring muscle on Saturday and was held out of Monday's workout. Clancy will likely miss Wednesday's practice, but should return after spring break.
The players still sidelined include running back Seymore Shaw (minor knee surgery), safety Jamie Thompson (leg muscle), wide receiver Sir Lawrence Davis (knee surgery), linebacker Jeremiah Burton (knee surgery), tight end Tremayne Standberry (unknown), wide receiver Chijuan Mack (knee surgery), defensive end Nathan Peterson (knee surgery), defensive end Darnell Smith (shoulder surgery), defensive end Marque Fountain (shoulder surgery), and defensive end William Bell (knee).

With the new offense being taught by coordinator Larry Fedora and the importance of communication with the no-huddle, spread attack the Cowboys are working on their communication just like they will operate it during a game. That requires that the offensive staff be hooked up by wireless communication, just as they will be on game day. Fedora calls the play from his spot near the middle of the field and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer, standing near the sidelines, signals the call into the quarterbacks and the entire offense.
"I've used this for some time in practice," said Fedora. "It's important that we work on our communication just as we will do it in the games. I did this at Florida and actually started it at Middle Tennessee State. The only thing that has changed is the equipment has gotten better. This equipment just came in the other day."
The system is really just ear pieces so the coaches can hear Fedora. The listening piece fits in the ear and can barely be seen. Fedora has a little microphone with a transmitter that he speaks into, so the equipment is much smaller than the headsets that the coaches will use on game days.

One of the toughest players the Cowboys have had in recent years was last year's senior defensive tackle Clay Coe. There is still a Coe on the Oklahoma State football squad as Clay's younger brother Clint has transferred to OSU from Troy. Clint Coe is a walk-on for now, and is quite a catch for the Cowboys. He started at strong safety as a redshirt freshman last season for the Trojans, who earned their way into a bowl game and gained national attention with an ESPN-televised Thursday upset of the Missouri Tigers.
The 6-2, 180-pound Coe was a standout in high school for Edmond Deer Creek High School. He will have to sit out the 2005 season and then will have two seasons left to play starting in 2006.
"He's a good player," said associate head coach Joe DeForest. "He has good speed and has a chance to really help us in the future. I know I will use him on special teams with that speed."

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