Spring Practice Notes: Day 8

Knock on wood, the injuries remain light in the Cowboys spring camp. Safety Clint Coe is working to strengthen his knee for surgery on a torn ACL that could take place before the end of the week. Offensive lineman Chris Simon continues to work out with the injury rehab and conditioning team. Wide receiver Anthony Parks also continues to work out on the side, but that may be disciplinary related.

Lacey Loving Corner
Sophomore Jacob Lacey is holding down the No. 1 left corner position on defense. The 5-10, 180-pounder out of Garland (Naaman Forest), Texas, was moved into the top spot at corner on Wednesday of last week, and said it was his roommate and the player who was running No. 1 at that position that delivered the news.

"It made me feel great confidence-wise because I've been trying to put forth more effort and execute more things and know what is going on at every postion," said Lacey. "Calvin (Mickens) was the one that told me because we are roommates and he congratulated me and everything."

Mickens, who is 6-2, 190, has now moved to safety where he can really help with a depth problem.

Lacey played quarterback in high school but said he had started out at corner early in his prep career. Last season he finished with 14 total tackles and a pass break up. His turnaround game was the win over Texas Tech when he was on the field the entire game in the nickel back position. Lacey knows he will get competition in the fall from incoming players like junior college All-American Scott Broughton and high school All-American Perrish Cox, but he is working to gain a strong foot hold on the position.

"I sat down and talked to coach (Joe) DeForest and he said you've got to get it to where you secure it because I'm not just battling these guys out here because we've got incoming people. I'm just trying to do everything I can to stay here (starting cornerback)."

Pinaire Back to Defense
There was no explanation but former Hutchinson (Kan.) J.C. standout and Derby, Kan., product Josh Pinaire has moved back to defensive tackle after working some in the fall and this spring on the offensive line.

Former Middle Tennessee Coach McCollum in Town
Current Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy worked with Andy McCollum on the staff at Baylor when Gundy left Oklahoma State in 1996. McCollum went on to become the head coach at Middle Tennessee State where he had plenty of success, and a lot of it with current Cowboys offensive coordinator Larry Fedora and offensive line coach Joe Wickline on his staff. McCollum was forced to resign after last season and had other coaching opportunities, but choose to sit out a while. McCollum spent Wednesday with his former coaching mates and watching the Cowboys spring practice. He is expected to stay in Stillwater through Friday's practice.

"I'm doing a little personal career development," said the friendly McCollum. "I'm just going around and watching some practices. I've been to Clemson and I may go down and watch TCU next week. It's good to see these guys here and I'm really hoping that they have a lot of success. Mike is a good coach, and Larry and Joe are two of the best. They really did a good job for me at Middle Tennessee. I had two years left on my contract, so I have some time to spend with my family and catch up with some coaches and find out how they are doing things."

Kickers Stay on Target
It remains hard to separate the two kickers - Bruce "Sunshine" Redden and Jason Ricks. At the start of Wednesday's practice they each were perfect on extra points and field goal tries from 35 yards. The Cowboys also worked on punt returns with Tommy Devereaux and Zac Ross both showing good speed and escapability on the returns.

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