Mother Nature Causes Practice Delay

STILLWATER – After a day off from practice with the team going through Camp Cowboy activities on Sunday evening it was back to preseason camp Monday. That included a complete video review of Saturday's scrimmage and a two-hour, 20-minute practice that was broken up by a 50-minute delay for lightning.

The first of the Cowboys' closed practices didn't stay closed up for long as shortly after the second period of the practice, which is work on special teams, a thunderstorm came a little too close and the team got out of the lightning and headed to the locker room.

"We had to go to the house for 50 minutes," Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy said, not exactly pleased about the delay.

Practice resumed after the delay and Gundy and the staff got in just about everything they had planned with precious little daylight to spare. According to Gundy it was good work, but not the best of performances on the offensive side.

"Defense had a nice practice, but offense didn't practice very well, sluggish, didn't get our motor started," said Gundy. "I always worry about that as a coach, giving them a day off and then having them come back and be self-starters. We got a lot of work done but it wasn't very good in my opinion."

Offensive coordinator Larry Fedora said, "I've been in a lot of these that happened today in that you go out there to practice and it starts lightning and then you come off the field and wait. I can say probably out of about 30 of them, we've never had a good practice ever afterwards. Never. We had to do this all the time at Florida. We'd get under the parking garage and then go back out and it was almost never a good practice."

Gundy did give credit to the defense for being able to give quarterbacks Bobby Reid and Zac Robinson and the entire offense so many different looks in practice.

"One thing that were fortunate with on our defense is we get to see everything," said Gundy. "Vance (Bedford, defensive coordinator) does it all. It is a pretty quick learning lesson for the four quarterbacks out here in practice."

The Cowboys will have their final two-a-day practice day on Tuesday, and Gundy sounded like he was ready to get it started immediately.

"Guys have to practice better," Gundy said with his mind still on the just completed practice. "We'll get them back out here for a couple of practices and wear them out a little bit. Tomorrow we get to go out twice and we'll have two, two-hour segments and get some good work in."

Fedora said the offense isn't putting anything in new this week. He said everything is installed. The emphasis all week will be on repetition and getting better and sharper at what they are doing. He also wants to continue to look at some of the young players to gain a final determination at which ones are ready to help this season.

Special teams coordinator Joe DeForest is in the same boat as he is trying to get a good idea of who it would be smart to use on special teams as there will be lots of work on coverage and return units during the week.

"Right now we're still in an evaluation process of who is going to help us out in the kicking game and who is going to help us out on offense and defense," said DeForest. "There is a fine line there in that you don't want to waste a kid's year, but in the same sense Coach Gundy has given us the green light that if a kid is going to help us win a game on special teams then we're going to play him. We have to make sure we're using the kid properly and that we're not just putting him in there for one play. He has to be a major contributor on special teams."

On the defensive side, linebackers coach Todd Bradford's mind wasn't changed by reviewing the video of the scrimmage. He's looking for more emotion out of the defense.

"It was like we talked after the scrimmage, defense is a game of emotion and I didn't think we played with very much emotion, so consequently I didn't think we played as well as we have in other practices," Bradford said of the scrimmage that starting linebacker Chris Collins missed. "He (Chris Collins) is not a vocal guy, but he plays with a lot of enthusiasm and he also will really lay the leather to you. When those plays happen that raises the intensity and the excitement in practices. Obviously, we are a better team when he is out there."

Gundy added that some of the players that missed the scrimmage Saturday -- running back Michael Hamilton, wide receiver Adarius Bowman and linebacker Chris Collins -- were back in practice Monday. More good news was the fact that wide receiver Anthony Parks suited up and did some running at practice. Parks is expected back late this week or early next week. Wide receiver Jeremy Broadway is still out and will miss at least another three weeks with a dislocated wrist.

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