Cowboy Preseason Camp Notes: Day 3

There were a number of recruits, both committed and uncommitted, on hand for the Saturday practice. Linebacker Kenny Alexander of McKinney (North), Texas, was there with his father, Ken. Alexander is a good looking prospect that looked like he could have practiced today. Anyone doubting his pledge should have checked out his wardrobe, a bright orange Oklahoma State shirt and orange Nike shoes.

Cornerback Issac Madison of Dallas (Carter), Texas, was in Stillwater for the early part of practice and the buzz afterwards was that the 5-10, 175-pound corner with 4.4 speed made a verbal commitment before he left. However, we could not confirm that news and will try on Sunday.

Also, on hand was cornerback Ryan Broyles of Norman, Okla., along with junior teammate and sensational athlete Chika Madu. Broyles mother and father were also in attendance, and they seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Broyles has visited Oklahoma State at least three times and with the Cowboys commitment list filling up Broyles may have to make a decision on one kind or another fairly soon.

The practice on Saturday started with an extensive special teams session that included PATs, field goals and punts. On the placements the operation was perfect and Bruce Redden was a perfect three-for-three with a made PAT and a pair of 35-yard field goals. Jason Ricks was four-for-four with two 30-yard and two 40-yard field goals. The only miss was on walk-on kicker Elliott Goudge's only try, a missed PAT.

Matt Fodge had good day punting and was consistent in his kicks with the first and second punt units. A couple of the kicks got a little hairy with the third unit as two were nearly blocked. Operation with the first two units was smooth and Fodge's kicks all had good distance and all but one or two had desirable hang time.

Matt Fodge's leg got extra work on Saturday as back-up punter and holder Cole Reynolds missed the practice, but he had a good excuse. Reynolds' sister, Layne, a 2005 Oklahoma State graduate, was getting married in Oklahoma City. Reynolds will be back with the team late Saturday night and will be at practice on Sunday.

Everybody knows where Keith Toston is, the freshman out of Angleton, Texas, listed as an athlete has worked out at running back and showed on Saturday night he belongs there. The 6-1, 195-pounder has likely found a home at that spot. Speedster Terrance Anderson is still working at cornerback and Orie Lemon is still at quarterback. There was a change among the four new freshmen listed on the roster as athletes as North Mesquite product Al'Darius Thompson, who had been working at wide receiver, was moved over to defense to take a look at cornerback.

The best news of camp so far is no injuries. There was a scare late in the Friday practice as wide receiver Adarius Bowman pulled up with either a cramp or a hamstring injury. Bowman spent extra time getting stretched out on Saturday as did fellow wide receivers Ricky Price and Jeremy Broadway. Defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis is still being held out of drills because of extra conditioning and Clint Coe is still limited as he waits for final release after his knee surgery.

During media day head coach Mike Gundy joked with the media that he had not decided whether to put names on the back of the Cowboys' new jerseys. Gundy came clean Saturday night and confirmed for the doubters, names are back.

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