Spring Practice Notes: Day 12

Andre Sexton not only had his best practice and scrimmage of the spring, but at the end of practice the entire Cowboy squad exercised their vocal cords with a rendition of "Happy Birthday" as Sexton celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday. A good way to spend it with his two sacks.

"I was just trying to get better," Sexton said modestly. "It was a pretty good practice but there were some things I could do better. I enjoy (blitzing) a lot. I was begging the coaches on the sidelines to get a couple of blitzes in. The coaches said they found my knack when they saw me get free a couple of times on the blitzes. I think they are going to use that more often."

Largest Recruit Turnout at Practice
There were six recruiting prospects on hand at the Friday practice/scrimmage with the headline being top-rated Texas tight end Harold Turnage out of Chavez High School in Houston. The 6-5, 245-pound Turnage was there with a coach and spent a good amount of time with head coach Mike Gundy. Turnage was wearing an Oklahoma State T-shirt with Pistol Pete on it, obviously a souvenir that he picked up while in Stillwater. The first team All-District pick as a junior averaged six receptions a game last season.

Also watching from the state of Texas were A&M Consolidated linebacker Drew Dudley and Schertz Clemens defensive end Tyrell Higgins. Dudley favors the Cowboys and was able to come up for practice because of a break in his track schedule. The 6-2, 220-pound Dudley runs the 200 meters and long jumps. Higgins was also on a break from track as he throws the shot put and discus. The 6-3, 255-pound Higgins strongly favors the Cowboys and was there with his father.

Attending from Oklahoma were Mustang All-State wide receiver Josh Cooper with several members of his family. The 5-11, 166-pound Cooper, who has been compared to former Oklahoma schoolboy and Texas Tech great and current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Wes Welker, says he also favors Oklahoma State. Comanche tight end Jonathan Scism and Comanche offensive guard Josh Perry were also on the sidelines for the scrimmage.

Fedora Gets a Different View
Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora had a different view of Friday's scrimmage. In order to get the overall view he wanted to call plays, Fedora went to the video camera location on the roof of the Athletic Center overlooking the practice field from the end zone on the west side. It was a different perspective for Fedora.

"I had a great view," said Fadora. "When you are looking at it from the end zone you have to flip everything in your mind. When you are on the side you don't have to do that because my mind is trained that way, but when you are looking at it from the end zone and you are calling left hash (or) right hash, and think about the formations, it was a little rough on me. I could get comfortable with it. There was a nice breeze. The sun was out. I just needed a little palm tree and some sand and I'd be happy."

Officials Merger?
The Cowboys had a Big 12 crew of officials working the scrimmage and they threw seven penalty flags - six were against the offense and they were all illegal procedure penalties. However, only one of those pre-snap flags went against the first team offense. The lone defensive penalty was a holding on defensive tackle Larry Brown that resulted in a first down for the offense.

Overheard from the crew of officials is a rumor that the Big 12 and the Big 10 are considering merging their groups of football officials into one group that will work the games of both conferences. Final word on that possible merger could come within the next month.

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