Cowboy Spring Football Notebook

The Oklahoma State defense added two more "black shirts" to the club on Wednesday as cornerback Jacob Lacey donned a black No. 17 practice jersey and defensive tackle Maurice Cummings earned the black No. 56 jersey.

The black shirts, which started last season and had to be re-earned this spring with new defensive coordinator Tim Beckman, signify players that are doing things right on and off the field. There is no way to get one without giving great effort in each and every practice. Lacey said he understands the effort you give in earning one has to continue to be there.

"You got to, you got to step up and keep it because it can be taken away," Lacey said of his new practice wardrobe. "I feel different. This is the color everybody is trying to get to. This is like the all in club. You are playing good and you are doing good."

When asked about the aspects of his team he was pleased with during the first half of the spring head coach Mike Gundy mentioned Lacey first in talking about individual players.

"I'm excited about the way Jacob Lacey is playing at cornerback," said Gundy.

The entire list of black shirts, which now numbers seven, includes:
7 Martel Van Zant, CB
97 Marque Fountain, DE
8 Donovan Woods, LB
19 Jeremy Nethon, LB
26 Quinton Moore, FS
17 Jacob Lacey, CB
56 Maurice Cummings, DT

Practice Field Holding Up
Despite the recent wet weather the Cowboys have stayed on the grass practice fields so far this week. The rain and the break over spring break has allowed the Bermuda grass to take hold and really green up. In the past, Gundy was very careful with the field and moved practice into the stadium and the artificial surface with even the slightest hint of wet weather.

So how good are these fields now? "We have a lot more space out here (practice fields) with two fields and the surface has been good," said Gundy, who has moved only one practice into the stadium because of wet weather and that was the second week. "It is really in good shape and it will continue to get better. It's a year and a half now since this sod was laid down and Coach Holder (Athletic Director Mike Holder) and those guys build golf courses so they know how to let water drain. They did a nice job out here and it drains well."

The rest of the week may be a greater test as severe weather and lots of rain are expected on Thursday and Friday. Stay tuned as to the location of Friday's practice.

From Quarterback to Bodyguard
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Zac Robinson proved he could handle the job last season as he came in for an injured Bobby Reid and by all rights should have gained a win in his first significant playing time in the overtime loss to Texas A&M. Robinson finished the season connecting on 25 of 51 passes for 345 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 139 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Robinson is getting some snaps with the first offense, but is still number two on the depth chart behind talented junior Bobby Reid.

"Every quarterback has the fire in them that they want to be the guy, but you have to be patient until it is your time to be the guy," said Robinson.

Robinson will be joined this fall on the OSU campus by younger sister Katie. The attractive freshman will be trying out later this spring for the OSU pom squad, and big brother is already making plans for a real tough assignment -- being the protective big brother.

"A couple of my roommates were talking about her the other day," Robinson said of his sister. "I'm going to try and keep her away from all the guys on the team unless she has my permission."

Don't you love seeing the protective side of a loving big brother?

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