Cowboy Preseason Camp Notes: Day 5

It was a sobering sight as wide receivers Jeremy Broadway and Anthony Parks walked into practice Monday. Broadway is out for approximately a month with a dislocated wrist and Parks has a quad injury. Broadway's right arm is in a sling and Parks was on crutches.

"It's 10 to 12 days from what I have heard," Gundy said on Parks' injury. "It is not real serious and we have a specialist that is going to come in and look at him. My guess would be 10 to 12 days. We should have him back by the first game and he should be up and running. It's a pulled quad and they are tough to diagnose."

Also on the sidelines but suited up and working with strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass are running back Mike Hamilton (slight hamstring injury) and fullback John Johnson (undisclosed injury). Defensive tackle Jonathan Lewis is still conditioning on the side.

Millwood High School standout athlete Gerald Jones will be back at it Tuesday as the Falcons start up practice for their upcoming season. Jones and his parents were in Stillwater on Monday to watch the Cowboys practice. Jones, who plays quarterback at Millwood, is one of the top players in the nation and was responsible for 1,967 yards rushing and 887 yard passing along with 28 touchdowns last season. He is being recruited by nearly every major school you can think of, but has listed Oklahoma State and Texas Tech as his top pair. The Cowboys like Jones as a future running back.

Former Oklahoma State head coach turned radio and television football analyst Pat Jones was at practice patrolling the sidelines on Monday. Jones stayed for the entire practice and beforehand had a brief reunion with three of his former players in head coach Mike Gundy, tight ends coach Doug Meacham, and running backs coach Curtis Luper. This fall Jones will be on Fox Sports Southwest College wrap around studio show Hard Core Football along with another former college coach Jackie Sherrill.

They are in the same place for the most part. Keith Toston looks like he will stay at running back, while Al'Darius Thompson was back at cornerback and Artrell Woods is making a home at wide receiver. The lone mover on Monday was Houston Yates quarterback Orie Lemon who traded his green jersey for an orange one and moved to fullback.

Both Cowboy kickers Jason Ricks and Bruce Redden remained perfect on PAT and field goals and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest said that will be a tough position to decide. The Cowboys worked kickoffs and kickoff returns for the first time on Monday. This season the kicking tee has been cut down to one-inch tall and it appeared to impact the length and hang time on kickoffs.

"There in no doubt," said DeForest. "I think our kids have worked on it all summer and Jason Ricks, we've charted him all camp and he has kicked every ball in the end zone that he has kicked. He kicks five kickoffs a day and he has had 25-for-25 for touchbacks. It's going to be more of a line drived kick and even in the end zone may be returnable."

Three pairs of speedsters worked on returns with Grant Jones teamed with Tommy Devereaux, freshman Perrich Cox teamed with Dantrell Savage, and Artrell Woods and Al'Darius Thompson forming an all freshman group.

"I think we've got some really good returners," added DeForest.

Monday night it was jerk pork on the Cowboys' training table. Last week they had jerk chicken. Both are recipes originated by the mother of defensive tackle Ryan McBean. McBean was asked if it is better on the training table or does mom put on a better version at home.

"You know home cooked mom is always going to be better," McBean said in being a good son. "They try their best here and it is good."

New Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations Kevin Klintworth said he met with Mike Gundy on Monday and that a release will come out on the status of Saturday's scrimmage and whether it will be open or closed to the public. Keep your fingers crossed for the scrimmage to be open before practice is closed the rest of camp and for the rest of the season.

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