Cowboy Preseason Camp Notes: Day 8

Two members of the Cowboy football family will celebrate birthdays the next few days. Backup punter Cole Reynolds turns 20 on Friday. Head coach Mike Gundy will celebrate his 39th birthday by putting his team through the 6 p.m. scrimmage on Saturday. Besides his wife Kristen and sons Gavin, Gunnar, and Gage, Gundy is expected to celebrate with his parents Judy and Ray Gundy.

The Cowboys worked on both PATs and field goals, and punts in the Thursday evening practice. Bruce Redden was perfect on three kicks -- a PAT, 38-yard field goal and 43-yard field goal. Jason Ricks connected from 30 yards, had a 43-yard try blocked off the right edge, and then just missed a 43-yard try to the right.

Punting was a highlight as returning starter Matt Fodge was booming his kicks. Out of seven kicks only one was less than stellar. Cole Reynolds also punted well really booming three of his six kicks with the others still getting good distance and hang time.

After practice Gundy was asked about his young players on defense.

"Obviously, Perrish (Cox) is going to play," started Gundy. "There is a chance that (Derek) Burton may play. (Justin) Gent may play before the year is out. It's hard for me to say for (Patrick) Lavine and Terrance Anderson. We'll have that conversation a week from Sunday on which ones are going to play and which ones need another year. But I think the trend with college football with the APR and scholarship limitations and with freshmen coming in prior to their freshmen year you won't see as many players redshirting. This is a very good freshmen class."

Bill Haisten of the Tulsa World brought up that Thursday was the anniversary of Gundy booting the final player of eight that he dismissed from last year's team. What a difference a year makes as this year's team creates very few and no major distractions off the field.

"We've actually had a couple of players that have come back with us -- (Jeremy) Nethon. And we don't have many distractions now," said Gundy. "I always say this, we still have 105 males that are between the ages of 18 and 23, so there is an opportunity for something to happen at any time. For the most part guys are trying to do the right things and it allows us to keep some continuity between the players and the staff. Last year was a difficult time because you think about the players left on the team and it hurts your continuity a little bit. We've been in a pretty smooth rhythm here for about 12 months."

One of the ways the Cowboys beat the heat and sore muscles is the ice tubs that they soak in immediately following practice. Different players are required to sit in the frigid water for varying lengths of time before heading to the locker room. We wondered just how cold the water is so today we checked the thermometer and found the water is right at 40 degrees. Believe us, it feels a lot cooler than it sounds.

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