Cowboy Spring Football Notebook

OSU had three prospects, two that they have offered, visiting during Friday's scrimmage. DeJuan Miller is a 6-5, 200-pound wide receiver out of Metuchen, N.J., who is also visiting Oklahoma unofficially this weekend . He is the grandson of former Cowboys player Verne P. Miller, who lettered for Oklahoma State from 1965-67 and was part of two OSU teams that scored Bedlam victories over Oklahoma.

Miller is a top national receiver prospect that caught 29 passes for 581 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. He also had 52 tackles and seven interceptions on defense. Here's hoping his grandfather tells those stories about Bedlam wins several times over the weekend.

Tight end James Hanna of Flower Mound, Texas, has also been offered by the Cowboys. The 6-4 1/2, 21- pounder has incredible speed for his size as he clocked a 4.53 recently at the Scout combine in Dallas. He too could wind up as a big wide receiver or a tight end. Hanna was offered by the Cowboys this week and they were his first scholarship offer.

Jake Jackson was there with his father. Jackson is a 6-3, 263-pound offensive line prospect out of Class 5A state champion Southlake Carroll, Texas.

More than 100 high school coaches from Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas were on hand Friday to watch the scrimmage and stayed around for a catfish dinner and a coaching clinic put on by the Oklahoma State staff. Most of the activity on Friday night was in the form of breakout sessions where the coaches could hear from and discuss strategy and coaching techniques with all of the members of the Cowboy coaching staff.

Black shirts Come and Go
Add one and subtract one, that was the current situation with the defensive black shirts for Oklahoma State as sophomore defensive end Derek Burton was awarded a black shirt, while free safety Quinton Moore lost his. Defensive coordinator Tim Beckman said officially that Moore wasn't playing up to black shirt standards, and Mike Gundy said there might be a classroom attendance issue involved. There is a process to earning a black shirt, and to losing it as well.

"I'm not sure what that formula is but it sounded good to me and I bought into it," Gundy said of the way the black shirts are decided. "Coach Beckman is a disciplinarian and he believes in trust and loyalty, and he's got the defense moving that right direction."

Moore not only lost his black shirt, but in the scrimmage was wearing a white practice jersey with the number 68, a number usually reserved for offensive linemen.

"That can't be good, when you like go to a party and the girls are there and you have a jersey with a lineman number and you're not a big guy," joked Gundy. "That's not a good thing."

As for the new black shirt, Derek Burton played some last season as a true freshman and he is making progress rapidly this spring.

"Derek is doing very good and he's going to get a chance to play a lot this fall," added Gundy. "He continues to get better and better. He has a great attitude and he is a hard worker."

Burton is getting the chance to play a little closer to the center and based on his play in the scrimmage is liking it.

"I played better and today I jumped in there at the Leo (five technique)," said Burton of his work in the scrimmage. "I've been working up to it and I played pretty good. I've always played end, but now I'm playing Leo, which is end but it's different, and once I fully get it down then I'll be ready to go."

Special Teams Work
For the second week in a row special teams work was cut out of the scrimmage. "We didn't do as much special teams and backed off that because of the weather," said Gundy.

Kicker Jason Ricks did hit all of his attempts in the scrimmage with two field goals (23 and 26 yards) and hit all of his PAT attempts. New walk-on transfer Dan Bailey from Arkansas attempted one extra point in the scrimmage and was wide left on that kick.

The kickers also worked on a long field goal drill with the squad surrounding them and yelling at them at the end of practice. Ricks hit a 50-yarder, the longest kick, but the longest attempts from 53 and 58 yards were both short, one by Bailey and one by Ricks.

The team also worked on punt returns during a break in the scrimmage with Perrish Cox and Tommy Devereaux getting most of the work.

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