Spring Football: Notes & Quotes

Brock Dixon, the Tulsa Union All-State wide receiver and defensive back, was in the stands watching practice Monday. Dixon was watching with his father, Benny, and his sister, who used to work in the OSU football office. Dixon has told the OSU coaches that he will walk on at Oklahoma State this fall.

Dixon had four interceptions this season at Union including one that helped turn the Class 6A state championship game around against Jenks. He is a Coaches Association All-State selection and was also picked to play for Oklahoma in the annual Oil Bowl Game against Texas.

Two former Oklahoma State athletes sat up in the stands and exchanged thoughts as they viewed football practice. Former Cowboy cornerback Darrent Williams and former OSU basketball guard Daniel Bobik were kicked back watching the practice.

"I've never had a chance to watch a football practice," said Bobik. "I may go over and try baseball, I've been told that I have a perfect baseball body," added Bobik when asked if he might try football. "Baseball was my game, and they've asked me to come over and take batting practice."

Williams isn't changing sports, or even contemplating it, as he awaits the April 23 NFL Draft. The Fort Worth native is done with predraft workouts. He ran a 4.38 at the NFL Combine and has had several private workouts since.

"I don't know where I'm going," said Williams. "I really don't care, I just want to go play. I'm up to 180 pounds and I'm ready to play."

Senior wide receiver Kenneth Williams had the most spectacular play of the day -- at least the best catch -- as he reached up and juggled the ball on a sideline route before coming down with it and sliding out of bounds.

"Great catch, Kenneth," said receivers coach Gunter Brewer. "Now that's making a play. That's a real play," continued Brewer where nearly everybody in the stadium could hear him.

During the seven-on-seven passing drill for the skill players the offensive and defensive linemen got together for a little one-on-one run blocking and pass protection drill. Xavier Lawson-Kennedy wasn't real happy with the way things were going for him and following a matchup with center Corey Curtis threatened to throw a punch. Curtis wasn't sure if Lawson-Kennedy was going to throw it or not, so even though the big 6-0, 298-pound defensive lineman held his punch, Curtis came back and delivered one. The pair scuffled and Curtis was knocked to the ground and again, XLK threatened to kick Curtis. He didn't but he still drew the ire of graduate assistant offensive line coach Jeremy Offutt. All in all, a rough day for XLK.

Defensive end Victor DeGrate joined the injured and injury rehab group down in the southwest corner of Boone Pickens Stadium. DeGrate broke the pinky finger on right hand during the scrimmage Saturday. He will be out several days, but with a foam padding should be able to continue practice before the end of spring.

The list of other Cowboys injured and working on rehab includes includes defensive end Nathan Peterson (knee surgery), defensive end Darnell Smith (shoulder surgery), defensive end Marque Fountain (shoulder surgery), defensive end William Bell (knee surgery), defensive end Tremayne Standberry (knee scope), tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee sprain), wide receiver Chijuan Mack (knee surgery), fullback Shawn Willis (concussion), running back Seymore Shaw (knee scope), and offensive linemen Blake Botek (knee injury).

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