Cowboy Football Practice Notes: Day 15

The safety position has been very competitive throughout fall camp with Ricky Price, Andre Sexton, Clint Coe and Quinton Moore all getting snaps with the first unit, and several of those players are interchangeable. Well, now one player has surfaced at the top of the safety chart as Ricky Price became the fifth black shirt on the defense.

The black practice jersey is awarded by defensive coordinator Tim Beckman to a player that proves he's worthy as a starter with his actions and performance on and off the field.

Price, who has had a good camp, joins cornerback Jacob Lacey, linebacker Donovan Woods, and defensive ends Nathan Peterson and Marque Fountain in earning a black shirt.

"It is just working hard, day in and day out, every play," said Price, who moved over from wide receiver in the spring. "I'm trying my hardest just to learn this defense and I am starting to understand it, and Coach Beckman is starting to mold me now."

Price said he isn't going to rest on his laurels. The work and progress has to continue.

"I still have to work hard," said Price. "As easy as it was given to me, it can be taken away. Just now we feel that everybody is starting to learn the defense and eliminate mental errors, and I don't want to be the one that causes that to change."

Senior defensive end Nathan Peterson was absent from practice on Tuesday as he was attending the funeral of former Tulsa Union teammate and All-State running back Spencer McIlwain. The two were part of a state championship team at Union.

The first pass through Stillwater by NFL scouts continued on Thursday as the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers had representatives watching practice.

Scouts usually make two passes through college campuses during the season. So far, the Lions, Patriots, Panthers, Colts, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Broncos, Rams, Chiefs, and Texans have been through Stillwater.

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