Cowboys Take The Day Off Monday

STILLWATER - The Oklahoma State Cowboys had the traditional first day of classes off from practice Monday as Mike Gundy and his staff met in the football offices to take stock in what they saw from their team during preseason camp. Gundy learned the strategy of taking the first day of classes off when he was a player under Pat Jones at Oklahoma State.

Jones used to get frustrated by the slopy practices that often occurred on the first day of class, so he just decided to make it an off day from football for players. The hope is that by the time the team reconvenes on Tuesday that much of the depth chart will be determined.

In a pre-recorded interview with the Cowboy Network's Dave Hunziker to air on the network's Daily Cowboy Updates, Gundy revealed that the coaching staff is considering bumping up redshirt freshman Brady Bond to a starting tackle spot on the offensive line, and moving established starter David Koenig over to guard to solidify the offensive line.

Gundy said that Bond has really jumped up his level of play in recent practices. The 6-6, 285-pound Bond is a redshirt freshman out of Garber, Okla., where he earned All-State honors as a tight end and defensive end in eight-man football. Bond has increased his weight and strength since last fall. he showed marked improvement in the spring and has continued to improve this fall.

That would mean that only one guard, likely senior Kurt Seifried would be inexperienced and while he is light on playing time, Seifried is a five-year player in the program.

The coaching staff is also trying to determine which players in the freshmen class will play initially and which will be redshirted. The early list of freshmen who will likely play include linebacker Chris Collins, defensive end Derek Burton, cornerback Perrish Cox, linebacker Patrick Lavine, and possibly linebacker Justin Gent on defense. On offense wide receiver Artell Woods and possibly running back Keith Toston would play.

Gundy said that he hopes to redshirt all of the freshmen offensive linemen. He said that he doesn't want to burn a year of eligibility on Toston for just a couple of carries a game. While Toston has performed well in camp there is a surplus of talented backs with Mike Hamilton, Julius Crosslin, junior college transfer Dantrell Savage and Calvin Roberts.

The Cowboys will be back at practice at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. All practices are closed to the public. Oklahoma State opens the season on Sept. 2, hosting Missouri State at 6 p.m.

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