Cowboy Practice Notes

Saturday's scrimmage is scheduled for the grass practice fields and that means if you want a good seat you might think about arriving early. Fans will be allowed to sit in the marked area on the far west end of the practice fields (end zone). There is space for approximately 1,000 viewers. If that area fills up, fans will be allowed to sit against the fence on the north side of the field.

The special teams work was light on Friday night, but you can expect a thorough going over of placements, punts, punt returns, and kickoff returns during Saturday's scrimmage. Some of the work will be blended into the scrimmage and some will be worked on separate during breaks for the offense and the defense.

Friday night the work started with placements and a speed field goal. This is where the offense runs a play and the field goal unit hustles on with the clock winding down. The unit got in, got the kick off, and Bruce Redden nailed a 38-yard field goal. Redden was perfect as he also hit a deflected extra point and a 43-yard field goal from the middle. Jason Ricks hit a 30-yard field goal on his lone try.

After that the rest of the special teams work time was spent on working drills to identify blockers for kickoff and punt returns. A large number of players participated in seeing who could best block on the run and above the waist and, at the same time, who was best at avoiding or getting off those blocks.

A good sign as wide receiver Anthony Parks was suited up again and over with strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass on the stationary bike. Parks is expected back late next week from a quad injury. He was joined on the bikes by linebacker Jeremy Nethon (unknown), center David Washington (ankle), and freshman linebacker Justin Gent (unknown). Gundy said those players, along with running back Mike Hamilton (hamstring), would not participate in the scrimmage Saturday. Wide receiver Jeremy Broadway is out for a month with a dislocated wrist. There appeared to be no new injuries on Friday.

The Cowboys will host a Big 12 officiating crew for the scrimmage on Saturday and that will relieve Gundy of one of the duties he has taken on this week, watching for offensive illegal procedure and defensive offsides. Gundy ran Friday night from one practice field where quarterbacks and receivers were working on a one-on-one drill over to another where the offense and defense were staging an inside drill. He sprinted over because he saw a defensive limeman offside and he ripped into him. He has been relentless on those two infractions.

"We are working hard as a team to become more disciplined," said Gundy. "Proceedure penalties and offsides, and things that we can control by staying focused, we're working hard on. I don't see any other way to do it other than to do it in practice."

Senior linebacker Shane Smith of Weatherford, Texas, and his parents were on hand for practice on Friday. Smith is a solid looking player physically that is not really high rated, but could be an enterprise recruit for the OSU staff. Smith and his family got a tour of the facilities and watched practice while talking with assistant director of football operations Dale Patterson. More than likely Smith is a recruited walk-on type of prospect.

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