Cowboy Preseason Camp Notes: Day 2

Head coach Mike Gundy called safety Clint Coe a machine Thursday in describing Coe's miraculous recovery from ACL knee surgery after suffering the injury in the second practice of the spring. Coe is suiting up for practices and participating on a limited basis, but he is expected to be cleared for full duty in a week or so.

"That's quite an honor to be called a machine by the head coach," Coe said with a chuckle. "Basically, I just listened to the training staff. (Dr. Mark) Pascal did my surgery, came out of it, didn't feel too great, but I did exactly what they told me. They said I was coming along fast."

Coe, who had to sit out last season after transferring from Troy University where he started as a redshirt freshman, is the younger brother of former OSU defensive tackle Clay Coe. He is eager to get back on the field after the extra long layoff.

"I'd be lying if I said it (the injury) wasn't heartbreaking," continued Coe. "I was so anxious to play coming into the spring. Every thing happens for a reason. I'm working my butt off and hopefully I can get back and make some plays for the Cowboys."

Right guard is the open position on the offensive line and after senior Kurt Seifried took his turn there on day one, redshirt freshman Noah Franklin was getting his chance on Friday. Andrew Lawrence, another redshirt freshman, is also expected to get opportunities, and it would appear that true freshman Trent Perkins might get a shot as well. Perkins looked impressive playing right tackle for the winning South team on Tuesday in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game.

The main emphasis in Friday's practice was punt block and punt return. Coordinator Joe DeForest put roughly 30 players through his favorite punt blocking drill where players step right up and smother the ball on the punter's foot. One of those getting work was 28-year-old linebacker Delvin James, the former Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher. There was also work on punt returns with Tommy Devereaux, Jacob Lacey, Dantrell Savage, Zac Ross, T.J. Bell, Anthony Parks and freshmen Perrish Cox and DeMarcus Connor all working at the return position. Devereaux seems to have an edge so far.

There are four players, all freshmen, listed on the roster as athletes. Here is where they worked out on Friday. Keith Toston was at running back. Houston Yates product Orie Lemon was at quarterback. Aldine speedster Terrance Anderson was at cornerback, and Bryan, Texas, speedster Artrell Woods was at wide receiver.

With six possible offensive linemen and four definites listed on the Cowboys current commitment list for the upcoming recruiting class it would seem they are finished looking for offensive linemen. But Claremore, Okla., product Brock Rodriguez was on hand for practice with his entire family and was encouraged by offensive line coach Joe Wickline to come out and get a close up view. A three-year starter at Claremore, Rodriguez is 6-5, 315 pounds and looks like a solid player physically.

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