Cowboy Practice Report - Monday, Dec. 3

The Oklahoma State Cowboys went through their second bowl practice in getting ready for Indiana and the Dec. 31 Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. The Cowboys didn't work on too many Indiana schemes as the tape exchange, which includes all games this season, was just executed via the computer late Sunday night and the breakdown began on Monday morning.

Monday's practice lasted close to two hours and included a lot of fundamentals, most in the passing game and passing defense, and included most with the younger players on the squad.

Starting quarterback Zac Robinson was more of a spectator in full pads as he continues to heal from a bruised shoulder.

"It kind of bugs me," said Robinson, who passed for 2,522 yards and rushed for 777 yards this season. "I feel like a redshirt freshman again just watching the signals, and I'm trying to help other guys and get them lined up in the right place. It definitely bugs me and I want to get back out there (on the field)."

In the meantime, redshirt freshman Alex Cate and 24-year-old, red-shirting freshman and former professional baseball pitcher Brandon Weeden are getting reps. Offensive coordinator Larry Fedora says Cate is really smooth and Weeden is picking up the offense really fast. Robinson talked about how the three have a competitive, but great relationship.

"Every time we are around each other it is constant laughter and jokes," said Robinson. "Both those guys are good guys, but when we are going through practice they are competing when it is their turn. I'm looking forward to the spring. Everybody wants to be the guy, and I went through that my first couple of years and it is just natural that you want to get along with the guy but you are also competing."

Robinson calls Cate a "gunslinger" type of quarterback and Weeden is a big guy that can really throw it -- "a perfect spiral every time," according to Robinson.

Head coach Mike Gundy likes what he's seen from the pair as they have had more work in the first two bowl practices.

"It's just good for them and they are just getting into the flow," said Gundy. "Alex didn't get many snaps this fall because we don't work our third quarterback that much and Brandon didn't get any reps. I've not been around many guys with an arm like his (Weeden). He has a really strong arm."

Don't worry, Robinson will be ready to take his spot back over in the practices after final exams as the serious work begins on Indiana, but in the spring it will be show off time for all three at quarterback.

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