Spring Practice Notes: Day 11

OSU fans have wanted it, and now Mike Gundy says his football team will deliver on April 22. OSU has had final spring scrimmages, but not games, dating back to former head coach Bob Simmons beany-weenie games. Simmons staged the last spring game in the late '90s and the winner ate steak and lobster, while the loser had beans and franks. We don't know if anything as serious will rest on the outcome, but we do know that the Cowboys will play a game at 5 p.m. on April 22, and not stage a scrimmage.

"We're going to split it up and play a game," said head coach Mike Gundy. "I think we can do it. We've stayed fairly healthy and we're in better condition. We're going to have an orange team and a white team and we'll wear the deal (game uniforms). Our players coming back, you know that's the legend's weekend, they want to see a game. We're either going to draft and we'll split the coaches. We'll have two 15-minute quarters and depending on how many plays we get we'll either keep it running or play it the rest of the way with a third and fourth quarter. We can't be out there for four hours. We want to get 60 or 70 good plays. We'll wait and see after next Monday's practice whether we're going to draft or just split them up."

Caravans Begin Next Tuesday
Gundy will address fans in the Oklahoma City area on Tuesday night, April 18, at 7 p.m. as the OSU POSSE begins its 2006 Spring Cowboy Caravan Schedule. The event will be held at the Coca-Cola Events Center in Bricktown and is free to the public. There are five other caravans scheduled. The complete schedule is below with even more details at okstate.com.
Posse Caravan Schedule
Oklahoma City
Tuesday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Coca-Cola Events Center in Bricktown
Free to the public

Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Fox Sports Grill (Galleria)
Free to the public

Monday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel
Free to the public

Tuesday, May 9, 5 p.m.
Jackson County Expo Center
Cowboy cooks will be serving a steak dinner
RSVP at (580) 482-5211

Wednesday, May 10
Josie Adams Cultural Center
Steak dinner will be served
RSVP at (580) 256-2720

Friday, May 19
Hoover Building at the Fairgrounds
Steak dinner will be served
RSVP at (580) 237-3327 or (580) 747-6226

More on Mystery Man
Former Nacogdoches, Texas All-State linebacker and Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Delvin James, who attended practice on Monday, has apparently decided he will walk-on this next fall as a linebacker on the Cowboy football team. At 28 years old James will be the oldest freshman football player in my memory of covering Oklahoma State. He played his last season of high school football in 1995 and signed with Oklahoma State to play football and baseball before being drafted in the Baseball Amatuer Draft in 1996.

The owner of a 93-plus miles per hour fastball became a high priority of the Rays to sign and he never made it to Stillwater. James spent most of seven years in the minor leagues before getting his major league opportunity with Tampa Bay in 2002. He appeared in eight games, starting six. He finished with an 0-3 record, an ERA of 6.55, giving up 40 hits, 25 runs that were all earned, walking 15, and striking out 17.

Now out of baseball the 6-4, 222-pound James apparently will finally become a Cowboy.

Practice Visitors
Spotted at practice on Wednesday were the high school coaching staffs from Yukon and Tulsa Holland Hall. Also on hand were a pair of tight end prospects in 6-6, 240-pound Jeff Fielder of Bakersfield College and Jacob Tigses of Tulsa Union. Fielder is originally from Salina, Okla, which is near Pryor.

Injured Cowboys
Dr. Paschal, the Cowboys' orthopedic surgeon was in Stillwater to check up on safety Clint Coe, who had his ACL repair surgery late last week. Coe is doing well. Missing practice on Wednesday and working on the side with strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass were offensive lineman Chris Simon and running back Julius Crosslin. Crosslin, with an ankle injury, is due back on Friday. Also, linebacker Jeremy Nethon was limited in contact while going through practice wearing a green jersey.

Bedford Really Enthusiastic
Defensive coordinator vance Bedford is always lively in practice, but Wednesday was above and beyond for the former Texas cornerback and Chicago Bears assistant coach. Bedford was working hard to fire up defensive troops and did a good job as they were impressive in the 34-play team period in the middle of practice. At one point when redshirt freshman cornerback Lance Limbrick made hits on receivers on back to back plays breaking up passes Bedford went wild hugging Limbrick after both plays. That was just part of it as he was a live wire all the way through the two hour and 45-minute practice that ended with a goal line team period.

"Our guys are dragging a little bit, it's hot, and if the coaches can be upbeat if it's a tough day then the players can be upbeat," said Bedford. "We're the leaders. They are going to follow us, and if we're upbeat they'll be upbeat. If we are dragging them down then they will be down. That is a part of it."

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