Poke Practice Notes

There were only two players working with strength and conditioning coordinator Rob Glass and his staff on Thursday as offensive guard Caleb Noble is still nursing a sore shoulder and kicker Jason Ricks is rehabbing again after reinjuring a quad muscle. All other injured players returned to full practice status on Thursday.

There will be plenty of special teams work on Friday as associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest will run the gamet with all of his units in a midday special teams practice. All of the specialists charted on Thursday, but the only kicking was the regular PAT/FG drill that was full speed in full pads. Walk-on kicker Bruce "Sunshine" Redden, with Chase Holland holding, hit an extra point and field goals from 27, 41, and 57 yards. He had two misses, one from 32 yards and another try from 57 yards.

A good deal of the skill players on both sides of the ball displayed their openfield tackling ability in a kickoff coverage tackling drill that came up early in the practice schedule.

It's easy to tell when the NFL scouts are in town. They all love to wear the coaches logo clothing. We spotted the Tampa Bay Bucs, Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers at Thursday's practice. Senior Shawn Willis was a popular player as most of the scouts took time to eyeball the 6-1, 260-pound fullback.

About 30 minutes into the practice the Cowboys had some sound effects to practice by as the Oklahoma State Marching Band drumline began praciting in the area between the practice field on the west and The Athletic Center. It was heard clearly all across the practice fields.

"Sounds like a high school game," said head coach Mike Gundy seemingly enjoying what the drums added to the atmosphere.

One bright spot in the Cowboys being away from the practice fields for the past five days was their appearance. The fields, which Karsten Creek groundskeeper Travis Levings supervises and helps in caring for, looked great. It was obvious that they had been mowed and probably rolled. The divots that were there from earlier practices were gone and they looked brand new.

Speaking of new, the Football Pro synthetic surface going in at Boone Pickens Stadiums is coming together quickly. All of the markings are in except some of the end zone markings. Oklahoma is in, State is left to add. The midfield brand log has yet to go in. As soon as the field is completely marked the rubber and sand fill will go into the turf. The hope is the field will be ready sometime late next week.

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