Cowboy Spring Football Notebook

It's no surprise really that senior cornerback Martel Van Zant became the first Oklahoma State defensive player to be awarded a black shirt for the spring. Defensive players were awarded black practice jerseys (similar to what is done at Nebraska) for doing things the right way, both on and off the field.

Hustle and play-making seems to be the emphasis in gaining membership into the black shirts this spring. Van Zant came out Wednesday as the only defender wearing a black practice jersey, and he admitted he was proud.

Van Zant had an interception and four pass break ups in practice Monday, and also had just one mental bust the entire practice. He came back today with another strong practice to reinforce the coach's decision as he had another interception coming up on a route and running through the receiver for the pick.

Plays of the Day
There were a lot of candidates in the seven-on-seven action on each side of the ball as Van Zant, Ricky Price and Calvin Mickens had interceptions on defense. Linebacker Patrick Lavine and cornerback T.J. Bell had sensational pass break ups that could qualify. On defense we will go with Mickens, who made his interception in a battle for the ball with Jeremy Broadway. Broadway had beaten him deep earlier so it was a nice comeback by Mickens who had to be physical on the play to come up with the ball. He stayed on his feet and made a nice return.

Offensively, Broadway, Anthony Parks, Tommy Devereaux and tight end Brandon Pettigrew all had impressive days catching the football, including some deep routes. However, we will go with Scott Broughton, the former cornerback who has converted to wide receiver, for his circus catch near the end of practice. He had to tip the ball to himself twice with a defender draped on him and make the catch while falling to the ground.

Visitors Wednesday Include Jared Glover
Recent Oklahoma State signee and Bixby High School All-State linebacker Jared Glover was at practice with his father, Jim. The 6-4, 220-pounder stayed for the entire practice and paid close attention to all of the defensive drills.

"I'm not playing any spring sports, just working out and getting ready to come to Stillwater in June," said Glover. "I can't wait to get here."

Besides Glover there were a number of coaches at practice including members of the staff from small school powerhouse Mary-Hardin Baylor and Midwestern State. Coaches from Cashion High School were also on hand to view practice.

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