Cowboy Football Practice Notes: Day 17

Now it is on to Georgia. With camp ending the focus is now squarely on the Sept. 1 opener with 13th-ranked Georgia. By the way, the Cowboys are 42nd based on the other teams receiving votes in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 released Saturday. To tell you the truth, Georgia won't be a new topic for the Cowboys the first week of school. They've had Georgia on the mind for quite some time.

"Just coming out with a win, whether it is pretty or ugly, just coming out with the win," said quarterback Bobby Reid. "We've been watching Georgia since the first day of camp. We've watched them forwards, backwards, inside and out. We've broken down the returning players. I'm kind of fed up with Georgia about now. To tell you the truth I am."

That's not exactly the way the song goes. However, it was good that Mother Nature cooperated with the rain and cooler temperatures for Saturday's scrimmage.

"I thought it was pretty good that we had to practice in the rain," said head coach Mike Gundy. "It poured for maybe 40 or 50 plays. That is good for us because it may rain in Georgia and you have to be prepared for it. The skill players have to be able to adjust to it and your center exchange. We handled that part of it very well."

It was also good for the specialists to deal with. Kicking, punting, and snapping becomes more difficult with a wet ball.

"It was good for our confidence to deal with that," said junior deep snapper Zach Allen. "We hit every field goal and extra point. The punting game was also good with no mistakes. So if it rains in Georgia we'll have had this experience for confidence."

It appears that Jason Ricks will handle all placements, Matt Fodge will punt and likely kickoff, Cole Reynolds backs up on punts and holds for placements, with Allen handling the snaps on punts and placements. There are reliable backups, in addition to Reynolds, with transfer Dan Bailey on placements and kickoffs and freshman Marc Yerry on snaps.

"It's kind of bittersweet being able to know that this is your last camp, but at the same time you are going to kind of miss the brotherhood that you have as a teammate when you are in camp," said linebacker Jeremy Nethon. "You know you are tired and you're joking around with each other. It is kind of bittersweet for me."

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