Cowboy Football Practice: Day 5 Notes

Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman was a guest via satellite Monday afternoon on ESPN's College Football Game Day. Bowman and OSU got a lot of good coverage in the show and Bowman was very team oriented with his answers, although in a later taping with Reece Davis for ESPN News, Davis talked Bowman into striking a Heisman pose as he is an outside candidate for the award.

"I had the best fun I've had in a long time," said Bowman. "That was so fun. I had never done anything like that. I didn't even know we had that TV studio over there on campus. I got to use the little bug (ear piece) and watched myself delayed on the video screen. I had a great time."

"It's very good," Mike Gundy said of Bowman's ESPN appearance. "We're getting a lot of coverage this year. We just have to keep doing things right and the players deserve it."

Before Bowman's interview, ESPN showed a EA Sports version of the OSU-Georgia opener and while Bowman caught a touchdown from Reid and OSU led early, they had Georgia winning the game 31-24.

"That is why it is a video game," said Bowman. "That is why they make video games."

By the end of practice Bowman wasn't having as much fun as practice ended with him throwing up as the two-minute drill ended.

"He throws up every day," said Gundy. "When you have 2.8 percent body fat you don't have a lot of room for error there. He throws up all the time but he goes back in and plays."

Special Teams Report and First Look at KO Return
In the PAT/field goal work kicker Jason Ricks went 4-for-5 with his only miss a wind blown 37-yard field goal try. Backup kicker Dan Bailey was one of two on PATs.

The Cowboys then got their first work on kickoff returns with, of course, the new rule having kickoffs starting at the 30-yard line. The work was on the returns with Perrish Cox teaming with Tommy Devereaux. Other return tandems were Keith Toston and Dantrell Savage, Hubert Anyiam and Al'Darius Thompson, and freshman William Cole worked in some too.

"We had to work all phases and were installing it, so we worked part, whole, part," said associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest. "We were just teaching the technique. We're trying to get the right personnel out there for the right play."

Author Pat Jones at Practice
Former Oklahoma State head coach and Tulsa radio personality Pat Jones was at practice on Monday. Jones patrolled the sidelines talking to old friends and checking out the practice. Jones was most intense watching his old favorite, inside drill. Jones also met new defensive coordinator Tim Beckman and talked with Beckman about his father, Dave, a former college and NFL assistant coach.

Jones also has his new book out, "Pat Jones Tales from the Oklahoma State Sidelines." The book was in stores this past weekend and Jones did two book signings with co-author Jimmie Tramel of The Tulsa World this past weekend.

"Robert, we sold every one of them on Saturday, and then on Sunday they had 250 there, the line was out the door and when I left they may have had about 20 or so left," said Jones.

The book is available in most bookstores and on line.

Injury Report
There are really only two to report as fullback John Johnson is nursing an ankle sprain suffered in punt team work on Sunday and freshman wide receiver Josh Cooper of Mustang is still dealing with a nagging hamstring. Cooper is still participating in practice.

Comings and Goings
A couple of recruited walk-ons have left the team. Yukon wide receiver Cedric Gaston and Oklahoma City McGuinness defensive end Kurt Baldwin have left the squad. We found out that McGuinness basketball player Michael Sasonya, who had intended to walk-on, is heading to UCO to play basketball. Oklahoma City Douglass wide receiver Danje Martin, the brother of walk-on running back DeAaron Martin, has now reported, as has veteran wide receiver Jon Morris of Glenpool.

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