Cowboy Practice Notes: Offensive Line Set

The Tulsa World's Bill Haisten asked head coach Mike Gundy a question that has been rather routine at post-practice gatherings with the head coach and the media: Is the offensive line set? Up until Wednesday night Gundy has said offensive line coach Joe Wickline is still tinkering with it. But Gundy's answer changed when Haisten asked the question Wednesday.

"I think he is pretty settled with (Russell) Okung, (Andrew) Lewis, David Washington and (Brady) Bond and (David) Koenig," said Gundy. "He rotates those guys a little bit, but I think he is pretty settled in with that group."

Okung returns at left tackle, Lewis is the left guard, Washington in his third year as the starting center, Koenig is back at guard as a four-year starter, and Bond is at right tackle. Bond started out last season as a starter before an ankle injury sidelined him and gave Okung an opportunity that he seized. Bond is the only name that wasn't listed as first team on the pre-season depth chart.

"I think he played his way into it," said Gundy of Bond emerging as the starting right tackle. "Wick puts them in there and if they do good he leaves them in, and if they don't he takes them out. I think he obviously played his way into it."

Since Bond started five games last season and Okung started the final seven, the Cowboys in essence, have four returning starters lined up on the offensive line.

The officiating crew for the opener against 13th-ranked Georgia will be an SEC crew. The contract between the two schools designated using the home team's conference officials. Thus, in 2009 when Georgia visits Stillwater Big 12 officials will work that game. OSU head coach Mike Gundy told the media Wednesday he doesn't really get involved in that.

"I never ask because I feel like no matter who officiates they will do the best that they can and be as fair as they can," said Gundy. "I know a lot of coaches get involved in that but I know they are going to call what they want to call, and I can't do anything about that. I trust that they will do the right thing."

The Minnesota Vikings, a team with two former Cowboys in Kevin Williams and Khreem Smith, and the Detroit Lions (second scout in this fall) were watching practice Wednesday.

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