Poke Practice Notes

Defensive end Marque Fountain is the only player still not participating in practice as he is confined to rehab work in the sand pit. Fountain is battling a turf toe on his left foot. Running back Mike Hamilton simply had cramps in Saturday's practice and he was at full strength on Sunday. Hamilton was one of two OSU players that needed an IV after the Saturday workout.

Also, defensive end Nathan Peterson did some bike work on Sunday, nothing serious, just trying to keep the knee strong that he had repaired by surgery. Also, kicker Jason Ricks is battling a sore quad, but is still suited up from practice.

As mentioned running back Mike Hamilton and a teammate required an IV after Saturday's practice to fight off hydration problems. That is really not as much a reflection of the summer conditioning program as it is players staying hydrated by drinking enough fluids. Head coach Mike Gundy said he is pretty happy with the team's conditioning and extremely pleased to have strength and conditioning coordinator Rob Glass.

"It was a good practice today and I thought it would be a good test for our conditioning," said Gundy. "It wasn't real hot, 92 or 93 (degrees), but in the first 15 periods it was pretty humid and Terry Noonan, our trainer said we didn't have anybody cramp up. We've gone to all extremes to avoid that and hopefully it's working.

"Rob Glass is worth every penny he makes," added Gundy. "We'll find out what kind of shape our team is in two or three weeks down the line. He's a cut above on what we do, and he and I as a staff work together on what we need to do in that area."

There was nothing spectacular out of freshmen wide receivers Jeremy Broadway and Ricky Price on Sunday. The pair continued to make a lot of catches and several coaches before practice said if the pair can continue to handle what is thrown their way on and off the practice field that they will play and help the offense a lot this season.

With Jason Ricks nursing and protecting a sore quad muscle, walk-ons Bruce Redden and Luke Roberts handled the PAT and field goal kicking work in practice. Redden, with Roberts holding for him, hit 5-of-6 tries. The lone miss was blocked. Roberts, with safety Chase Holland holding, hit all four of his tries. Freshman Matt Fodge will concentrate on punting and kickoffs. Fodge is battling walk-on Cole Reynolds for the punting chore, while Redden and Fodge are working kickoffs. On Sunday Redden did all the kickoffs in practice and after putting the first one two yards deep into the end zone was shorter and shorter on the rest. It is a reflection of all the kickers and punters, who are going through the typical soreness at the start of preseason practice. Senior Brian Jeffries and freshman Zach Allen continue to alternate snapping on special teams.

It's still a jigsaw puzzle in the secondary with a lot of players getting work, but after the first four practices the first team corners are Daniel McLemore and Martel Van Zant with freshman T.J. Bell, veteran Grant Jones and juco newcomer Cortney Billingsley getting a lot of work. The starting safeties would be Thomas Wright and Jamie Thompson with Chase Holland and Stephen James getting lots of work. Freshmen Andre Sexton, Quinton Moore, Jacob Lacey and Calvin Mickens have also shown some good things.

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