Poke Practice Notes

D'Juan Woods is a given at wide receiver, and with his physical improvement and understanding of the game could be sitting on a break out season that might rival the success his older brother, Rashaun, had at Oklahoma State. The major question is who will stand up to help keep defenses from trying to totally take Woods out of the offense? A threat is needed and Mike Gundy feels they've found one in Tommy Devereuax.

"Tommy is a completely different player than he was a year ago, and now he just has to carry it over to game day," said Gundy of the sophomore receiver. "He didn't even do it in practice last year, but now he's doing it in practice, so I think he'll be able to carry some of the load."

We've felt Luke Frazier has had a good preseason, and Gundy includes the senior in list of others that need to rise up and play well in the spread offense.

"We need Tevin Williams, Luke Frazier, (Jeremy) Broadway and (Ricky) Price - between all those guys - become one person, so that kind of gives you three or three and a half players," added Gundy. "I know that doesn't make any sense to you but it does us. We would say D'Juan Woods is a proven player."

With the spread, no-huddle attack, communication has to be perfect - one slip up could cost the Cowboys a penalty or much worse. Offensive Larry Fedora will be in the press box and will call down personnel groups to running backs coach Curtis Luper, and formations and plays to wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer, who will then signal to the players on the field. It seems to have worked so far in practice.

"I'm comfortable with the communication, but I haven't seen it in a game," said Gundy. "Remember, I told you in the spring that we had a lot of work to do with communication and signals and all those things. I think most of that has been accomplished, but we'll find out with a full house out here."

It was going to be a late night Friday as Dan Almond of Millennium Sports told us the crew was scheduled to work until close to midnight to finish putting in the rubber fill to complete the new Football Pro synthetic surface. The goal posts will go in at 8:30 Saturday morning, and Mike Gundy expects to have his team on their new field for the dress rehearsal late Saturday afternoon.

"Mike really wanted the field today (Friday)," said Almond, the chief consultant on the entire project. "There is nothing we could do with the weather. You can't glue the field when it is wet. The crew told me they will work as late as they have to tonight to get it finished, and it will be one of the best playing surfaces in the world."

When the Cowboys finished their scrimmage there were some 50 members of the Trinity Valley Community College Cardinals football team watching on the side waiting to get in a practice of their own. The Cardinals bus stopped in Stillwater on the way to El Dorado, Kan., for their season opener which will be played Saturday night. Stillwater was a good place to stop, stretch the legs with a light practice, eat, and then head on in to Kansas for the night. The Cardinals are coached by veteran coach Mark Sartain and standouts on the squad include quarterback Thomas Cook, tailback Anthony Carter (800 yards rushing last season), and former Edmond wide receiver Nick Rhodes (Texas A&M signee). On defense tackle Freddie Barnett (6-1, 310) had three sacks last season and cornerback Lance Moss (6-0, 170) had four interceptions in 2004.

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