Cowboy Football Practice: Day 3 Notes

Nearly 500 fans were on hand after Fan Appreciation Day to watch the Cowboys two-and-a-half-hour practice Saturday evening. It was the first practice of camp with shoulder pads and the physical activity definitely picked up. The first inside drill of the fall camp was a stalemate with several Cowboy linebackers, including Donovan Woods, Chris Collins and freshman Jared Glover, showing up well.

In the pass pro (protection) one-on-one drill, Nate Peterson looked really good facing Brady Bond. Marque Fountain won two out of three with starting offensive tackle Russell Okung. Ugo Chinasa and Rodrick Johnson looked good getting to the dummy quarterback. Among the tackles newby Shane Jarka and Tonga Tea both showed well with the bull rush and freshman Quinton Prince got through clean with a well executed swim move.

In team work, Bobby Reid fired a completion over the middle to tight end Brandon Pettigrew on the first play of 11-on-11 with contact. Dantrell Savage broke a long run on his first carry and looked good throughout the team periods. Freshman wide receiver Dez Bryant played quite a bit with the first team and made several catches that had the fans cheering. Adarius Bowman also had a good day.

Free safety Quinton Moore had the hit of the day when he clocked Pettirgrew late in the practice on a pass over the middle. It was a big time hit that Pettigrew did not see coming. One of the longer pass plays was a completion from Zac Robinson to freshman Hubert Anyiam.

Overall, associate head coach Joe DeForest, speaking to the media afterwards while subbing for head coach Mike Gundy, thought Saturday's practice went well.

"I thought the biggest thing we did today was after a long day with media day and fan day, the kids came out and rebounded," said DeForest. "Naturally, with the pads on, I thought they responded well. The lull that we might have gotten with a padded practice we got over the hump. I thought the progress we made for the first time with full team, shoulder pads was good. We have to take care of the ball on offense and on defense, and we have to take advantage of the balls that are thrown to us. We had several opportunities to make more picks and we didn't."

Special Teams Report
It was only PAT and field goals on the practice field Saturday with Jason Ricks going three-for-four and just missing a 46-yard field goal. Backup Dan Bailey was also three-for-four, hitting field goals from 31 and 36 yards. On the stadium field punter Matt Fodge was booming punts with hang times ranging in the 4.5-second area. Fodge, along with Ricks and Bailey, worked different scenarios and were charted on kickoffs as DeForest looks for solutions to the new kickoff rule with kicks starting on the 30-yard line.

Offensive Line Today
Much has been made of the shifting that offensive line coach Joe Wickline does during the preseason. Saturday, for the first contact team drill, he lined up with David washington at center. Andrew Lewis was at left guard and David Koenig at right guard. Brady Bond was at right tackle and Russell Okung was at left tackle.

Georgia, Georgia
The 13th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs are always on the Cowboys' minds, and if they aren't then head coach Mike Gundy has come up with a way to put it there. Bobby Reid said it is getting a little sickening, but I think it is supposed to.

"The intensity has picked up and we've had Georgia thrown in our face -- like playing the Georgia fight song in the weight room and that is uncalled for," said Reid. "We usually have a CD going, but they've been playing Georgia's fight song and that has been &*%#ing us off a little bit. It's just to get us ready, but we'll be ready."

Sunday Practice
undy will be back from Canton, Ohio, and the shoulder pads will be on again for Sunday's practice, and the fans are invited as practices will be closed starting on Wednesday of this week. Sunday's practice begins at 4:45 p.m.

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