OSU-Montana State: Postgame Notes

The late Vernon Grant was honored before the game when Joe DeForest and artist Tony Sargent, son of associate athletic director Marty Sargent, presented Grant's father with an original sketching depicting three poses of Grant from his playing days at OSU. A limited number of signed and numbered prints of the sketch are for sale for $40 at the OSU Authentics Store and Chris' University Spirit. Proceeds from the prints will go to the OSU Foundation Vernon Grant Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The former defensive back who died in a car accident in May was further honored on the opening kickoff when his friend, roommate and high school teammate Daniel McLemore sat out the kickoff and the Cowboys covered the opening kick with 10 men, a kind of missing man formation kickoff. Kicker Luke Roberts booted the ball deep enough in the end zone that it was downed for a touchback.

Quarterbacks or Slash, What to Call Them?
Offensive coordinator Larry Fedora said after the game that Bobby Reid, who was thrust into the slash status by opening the game at wide receiver, is still first and foremost a quarterback. Reid also played several series in the game at his original quarterback position. He also caught two passes for 16 yards. Reid said he was just happy to play.

"For two years I've been waiting for this day to come and the last 48 hours have been the hardest two days of my life," said Reid. "I couldn't get any sleep trying to focus on what to do."

What to do meant knowing two positions. Of course, quarterbacks have to know what everybody does but it's not that easy.

"You sometimes, coaches call upon you to do something and in the game of football you do whatever you have to do to win games."

Donovan Woods played quarterback only, but he too has practiced in other positions, so expect to see some of that in the future. Both quarterbacks had success rushing the ball and were the two leading rushers on the team. Reid had 82 yards on six carries and Woods had 61 yards on nine carries.

No Shawn Willis
Senior fullback Shawn Willis was suspended for the opening game. Willis was not in uniform and Gundy had been contemplating a suspension over the past two weeks since Willis was charged with three misdemeanors in a domestic dispute involving a former girlfriend. There was no word on if this game was the only one that Willis would miss.

No Injuries
The best news of the night had to be that there were no injuries of any consequence. Donovan Woods bruised his shoulder on the first half play in which he was blindsided and fumbled the ball, Oklahoma State's only turnover. Other than that there were no known injuries.

Three players missed the game with injuries. Cornerback Martel Van Zant is out with a sprained ankle. Offensive guard Caleb Noble sat out with a shoulder injury, and freshman safety Andre Sexton is out with a broken bone in his wrist. All three could be back as soon as Florida Atlantic.

Standout Offensive Linemen Among Recruits Visiting
Three of the top offensive linemen in Oklahoma and a junior college offensive lineman were on hand for the Cowboys opener with Montana State. Chase Beeler of Jenks (Okla.) High School and Putnam City North's Myron McKinnery (committed to Arkansas) were both at Boone Pickens Stadium. Joining them was Stillwater offensive lineman Jacob Secrest, who has already given OSU a commitment.

Junior college lineman Chris Williams of NEO was joined by two talented teammates in linebackers Justin Roland (Ponca City H.S.) and Adrian Bradley. Other recruits on hand included in-state prospects Ponca City running back Josh Johnson, Sulphur linebacker Dakota Lewis, and Broken Arrow cornerback Prince McKinney. Tow out-of-state recruits were Houston Cypress Falls wide receiver Roger Holland and Chico, Texas, defensive lineman Nolan Eubanks (6-5, 300).

There has been no word on any further commitments of prospects to Oklahoma State.

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