Poke Scrimmage Notes

Head coach Mike Gundy said it was easy making the trip to Ponca City where the facilities were perfect – a stadium to use with dry turf. "It's not a hassle at all, gives a guy a chance to return a few phone calls," said Gundy. "It's really not a hassle at all. It's a lot like high school, (you) get taped, put your pants on, carry your helmet and shoulder pads with you on the bus. We have all night long (for other things). We don't have any limitations right now on time."

The support crews said it was no problem as assistant equipment manager Matt Davis said he went through his game day trunks and carried some extra stuff, but it didn't take long to put it together. Head athletic trainer Terry Noonan said his staff also got things together for the short trip in short time.

There were a number of players held out of the scrimmage. Defensive ends Nathan Peterson (hamstring) and Marque Fountain (turf toe) worked out in the east end zone. Wide receiver Chijuan Mack was held out as was kicker Jason Ricks. Ricks did get on the side and do some light kicking. Linebacker Paul Duren was knocked out of the scrimmage with a slight injury early. The linebacker corps was strong with Pinson, McGee and Ransom running first team. During the scrimmage running backs Calvin Roberts (left leg or knee) and Mike Hamilton (left shoulder) both came off the field but both later returned. Defensive tackle Walter Thomas missed the scrimmage. Gundy said Thomas stayed in Stillwater because of a personal situation. Thomas was sighted in town (Stillwater) during the scrimmage. Fullback Shawn Willis left the scrimmage early with video coordinator Jeff Napple. Gundy said Willis left for a previously arranged appoitment before the Cowboys knew they would be practicing earlier and on the road in Ponca City. Offensive lineman Corey Curtis is also still absent from the team. When asked about Curtis, Gundy said the door is still open to his return, but "his time is growing thin."

"Sunshine was outstanding, I couldn't have asked for anymore. He was perfect," said associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest.

DeForest was talking about the 7-for-7 field goal and 3-for-3 extra point performance by walk-on kicker Bruce "Sunshine" Redden of Woodward. Redden is nicknamed "Sunshne" because of his long blond hair which resembles the character of the same name in the high school football movie "Remember the Titans." Redden was with the team in spring football, and with Ricks injured so far this camp has been doing all the kicking. His kickoffs in the scrimmage were all deep with several out of the end zone.

"We found a guy that can kick field goals," said Gundy. "We were a little concerned early in camp when Jason Ricks was hurt for a couple of weeks, but I was pretty proud to see what 'Sunshine' did today. Don't ask me what his name is."

Redden was not only perfect in the scrimmage, but he was also perfect in the field goal drill before the scrimmage and finished that with a 57-yard kick.

In the punt scrimmage freshman scholarship punter Matt Fodge averaged 40 yards on five kicks and freshman walk-on Cole Reynolds averaged 34.5 yards on six kicks. Fodge had a long kick of 43 yards, while Reynolds' longest kick was 46 yards. That position, according to DeForest, is still a competitive situation between those two – as is the deep snapping role with senior Brian Jeffries and freshman Zach Allen. The returns are still competitive as well although highlights in Ponca City included a 59-yard punt return for a score by Tommy Devereaux and a kickoff return for a score by veteran Daniel McLemore.

Based on observations in the scrimmage it would appear that freshman T.J. Bell, younger brother of former OSU running back Tatum Bell, is working with the first team at nickel back position.

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