Gundy: Tuesday's Practice Best Of Season

STILLWATER - Mike Gundy was extremely pleased with the Cowboys final major practice in preparation for Saturday's opener with Montana State, calling it the best practice by the Cowboys this fall. The squad went through a two and a half hour practice that had the offense and defense working against all situations and against the expected schemes they will see from the Bobcats on Saturday.

Go Pokes has done its homework and later this week will look at matchups and acquaint you with the Bobcats offense, defense and special teams. Speaking of special teams, the Cowboys again polished theirs on Tuesday. All of the kickers and punters - Bruce Redden on placements, Luke Roberts on kickoffs and freshman Matt Fodge on punts - are becoming better situated to the new playing surface.

The Bobcats announced Tuesday that they will be missing Ricky Gatewood, their returning leading receiver, when they travel to Stillwater on Saturday. The NCAA has mandated that he sit out three games (the first three of the season) because of an eligibility problem that was discovered late by Montana State. Gatewood had nearly 1,000 yards in receiving yardage last season and was the favorite target of standout quarterback Travis Lulay.

Gundy announced that the Cowboys will be without freshman backup free safety Andre Sexton. Sexton has a broken bone in his hand and will liikely be out several games. Fellow freshman Quinton Moore moves up the depth chart to backup starter Stephen James at free safety. Offensive guard Caleb Noble is expected to be able to play coming off a shoulder injury, but Kellen Davis is likely to start at the right guard position.

The Cowboys will really taper off over the next couple of days in order to be ready for the game on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

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