Football Report: Cowboys Prepare For Bearkats

Back on a regular work schedule the Oklahoma State Cowboys had their heaviest day of prep for Sam Houston State Tuesday with a two-hour, 20-minute practice that included plenty of contact inside Boone Pickens Stadium because of the late afternoon showers in the Stillwater area. In fact, it was raining at the end of the workout.

During his weekly call-in show Tuesday night, Mike Gundy revealed that cornerback Martel Van Zant is limited due to turf toe, but is expected to practice some on Wednesday and could be available for the game on Saturday. Linebacker Chris Collins is also dealing with turf toe and is trying to work his way back. Safety Andre Sexton is also dealing with an unspecified injury and there are no details on his situation for Saturday's game.

Media Turn Downs
While the story of Mike Gundy;s response on Saturday to a column written by Jenni Carlson in The Oklahoman is starting to fade locally, it is growing legs nationally. Tuesday Rush Limbaugh talked about it on his national radio show and was in solid support of Gundy for defending his player. Gundy also came off the perceived winner when Carlson was interviewed this morning by Good Morning America on ABC. Gundy turned down a request to be on the same program.

Oklahoma State Associate AD and Media Relations Director Kevin Klintworth reported that on Tuesday alone he turned down interview requests for Gundy from ESPN, ESPN College Gameday, Fox Sports Radio, Fox Sports Best Damn Sports Show, National Public Radio, ABC, and several others. There were also a lot of regional inquiries that were turned down. Gundy has said he is done with it and is moving on to coach his team and prepare them for Sam Houston State.

Game Day Forecast
Expect much better weather than last weekend, especially as far as the heat. The temperature range is a low of 64 degrees and a high of 86 degrees. It will be close to 80 degrees and sunny for the 6:05 p.m. kickoff, but gradually cool down during the game. The end of game temperature is expected to be 69 degrees. Very pleasant and just a minimal chance of precipitation, 10 percent.

Want to Know a Secret to the Cowboy Offense?
The secret is downfield blocking by the Oklahoma State wide receivers and tight ends. Going back to look on tape there were key, huge blocks made by wide receivers Tommy Devereaux, Jeremy Broadway, Seth Newton and Adarius Bowman on all of the long touchdowns in the Texas Tech game.

Devereaux had big blocks on Kendall Hunter's long touchdown and on the final touchdown catch and run by tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Jeremy Broadway knocked out two defenders on Zac Robinson's 48-yard touchdown scamper, while Bowman had key blocks on all of the above plays.

"As a team, as an offense our goal is to have 75 knockdowns a game," said tight ends coach Doug Meacham. "We have a little reward for them. Normally we have a little extra conditioning we do based on loafs and if we get 75 knockdowns or more in a particular game then we don't have to do those. Guys are highly motivated to get downfield and make things happen and you are seeing a lot of big plays happen because of knockdowns. When you get downfield and take people off their feet that is when you get your big, explosive plays."

Gundy said it is really a key to building confidence in some of the receivers other than Pettigrew, Bowman, and Dez Bryant, who have caught the majority of passes. Of course, two of those receivers also got the confidence building experience of making a big play when Newton hit Broadway in the end zone on the reverse pass for a touchdown in the second half.

"Broadway, you have to ask Coach Brewer, I think has played three games without a single lack of effort," Gundy said. "He is averaging 40 to 55 plays a game, and that is pretty good for a wideout because they usually don't play well without the ball but he is really playing hard. For him to have some success and have a big catch like that should stimulate his confidence and get him playing even better and making plays when the ball is thrown to him. We have a lot of confidence in Broadway. He comes a long way in the last six to nine months."

So, while you may only notice the wide receivers and tight end when they make catches, check down field on the next long run, chances are you will see Broadway, Bowman, or Devereaux laying out a corner or a safety and carving Savage, Hunter, or Robinson a path to the end zone.

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