Spring Practice Notebook

A pair of defensive backs - Quinton Moore and Martel Van Zant - had outstanding days in the Cowboys' first day in pads.

Moore, a 5-11, 185-pound junior from Pearland, Texas, came up with several big plays during team drills. The Cowboy safety intercepted one pass and picked up a fumble which he returned.

Van Zant, who earlier in the week became the first Cowboy to earn a black practice jersey for outstanding effort, had the hit of the day when he leveled running back Keith Toston.

Fountain Earns Black Jersey
Marque Fountain walked out for the first workout in full pads wearing a black practice jersey, which the Oklahoma State staff is awarding to those defensive players who perform best during the spring. Fountain joins Cowboy cornerback Martel Van Zant in becoming the second player to earn a black jersey.

Peterson Held Out
Defensive end Nathan Peterson was unable to participate in the first day of contact drills. The senior-to-be from Tulsa rode a stationary bicycle throughout practice because of an ankle injury, which is not believed to be serious.

Friday's Visitors
The University of Central Arkansas coaching staff made the road trip to Stillwater to watch the Cowboys practice Friday. The Bears, under head coach Clint Conque, compiled an 8-3 record in 2006, which was their first year as a transitional NCAA Division I championship division team (formerly known as Division I-AA).

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