Spring Football Practice: Notes & Quotes

Head coach Mike Gundy said Wednesday after practice that he plans on keeping the tradition of "The Walk" during his tenure. For the past three seasons the Cowboys have made the gameday trek from The Atherton Hotel in the Student Union and walked down Hester Street in front of the OSU fans on their way to the stadium.

"I feel the fewer changes I make the better," said Gundy of his decision. "That's a good tradition that our fans enjoy and our players like. We'll sing the alma mater following wins too."

Gundy said the only game day or travel tradition he wants to change is on Friday's before road games. He said if the bus trip to the stadium takes too long, more than 10 minutes or so. He would skip going to the stadium for a 30-minute walk around and let the players stay off their feet and skip a long bus ride to and from the stadium.

During the Wednesday scrimmage the Cowboys worked on various special teams situations. In the field goal work, returning kicker Jason Ricks was one-of-four. Ricks hit from 38 yards out, but then missed from 48 and 52 yards. An attempt from 50 yards was blocked by cornerback Andrew Alexander. Walk-on kicker Bruce Redden, who the players call "Sunshine" after the long blond haired character in the movie Remember The Titans, was more successful hitting 3-of-4. Redden hit from 38, 48 and 52 yards. The 52-yarder was a blast. Redden was wide on his try from 50 yards out. Associate head coach Joe DeForest has said he is impressed with Redden especially his ability to kickoff.

In the return game cornerback Daniel McLemore made a "whoosh" move as he fielded a punt and took it to the left sideline and zoomed past the coverage for a 59-yard touchdown.

This was a big day for visitors as early in the practice stadium namesake Boone Pickens walked in with OSU golf coach Mike Holder. They were later joined by John Clerico, another OSU alum who has helped the athletic department in a significant way financially. The three men watched the entire practice from the sidelines and stayed afterwards to introduce themselves to some of the assistant coaches and to speak with Gundy.

Former Oklahoma State wide receivers coach Richard Wilson made his second practice of the spring. Wilson, who coached on the Bob Simmons staff at Oklahoma State, has most recently coached wide receivers for the University of Minnesota. A very popular coach with the players when he was at Oklahoma State, Wilson was let go at Minnesota following their bowl game. He is currently looking to stay in college coaching.

Wilson coached on the same staff with Gundy and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. Just in casual conversation Wilson commented on the high number of athletes OSU now has. He was particularly impressed with wide receivers D'Juan Woods and Tommy Devereaux.

Edmond Santa Fe standout linebacker Justin Lane and his father were at Wednesday's practice and watched until the end of the practice. Afterwards the 6-2, 230-pounder stayed to speak with OSU linebacker coach Todd Bradford. Lane led the Wolves in tackles both his sophomore and junior seasons. Last season he logged 105 tackles.

The Cowboys were short on centers during Wednesday's workout as expected starting center David Washington is still out and may miss the rest of the spring with mononucleosis. Corey Curtis, who had been performing well in Washington's absence, was sidelined Wednesday after he cut his foot on Tuesday. Doctor's couldn't stitch the cut because the skin wasn't thick enough around the cut. Curtis could be back by Saturday for the scrimmage. Kurt Seifried moved up to snap with the first unit and Mike Friess played center with the other units.

The good news was that tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who suffered a minor knee sprain last week, was back on a limited basis and wearing full pads along with a green jersey signifying restricted contact. Regular fullback Shawn Willis was also back wearing a green jersey after sitting out with a concussion suffered during an auto accident over spring break.

The rest of the injury list was consistent and included 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), 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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