Cowboy Football: Spring Practice Day 10

STILLWATER - With the storms having blown by the Oklahoma State Cowboys enjoyed a sunny and windy afternoon practice Monday in Boone Pickens Stadium to start the fourth week of spring practice. The two-hour, 25-minute practice was in full pads and featured a little special teams work, plenty of fundamental work in position groups including correcting mistakes from Friday's scrimmage.

There was also team work with the emphasis on second- and third-down situations on both sides of the ball.

This was another non-media day and a closed practice so the information about practice is very limited and sketchy. However, the attitude about Friday's scrimmage is still very good after the viewing and grading of the video. One member of the Cowboy staff said it was almost an ideal scrimmage in that there was good and bad on both sides of the ball. There were plenty of things to be encouraged about and also plenty to address with the players and coach them up on.

The Cowboys will practice again Wednesday with a full pad practice that is closed to the public, and then come back on Friday at 3:30 p.m. with another full-scale scrimmage that will be open to the public in Boone Pickens Stadium.

The final week of spring practice will conclude with practices on Monday and Wednesday before the annual Orange-White Game on Saturday, April 12, at 4 p.m. The game will be followed by a free concert in Gallagher-Iba Arena featuring Keith Anderson.

Cowboys quarterback Zac Robinson was really happy in retrospect with the scrimmage last Friday and the way the offense performed.

"The offensive line played really good and there was hardly any pressure, guys were getting open and making plays, you know I felt comfortable with all the calls Coach (Gunter) Brewer and all the other coaches were making," said Robinson, deflecting credit despite going 13-of-15 passing. "Once you get it going like that it is a lot of fun to keep going."

One player that had some fun on the offensive line is veteran Noah Franklin. Franklin will be a fourth-year junior this season and has never started, but he is part of that group that may allow the Cowboys to run a second offensive line into games. The 6-5, 310-pounder from Vinita admits that he is feeling some urgency.

"I think I'm ahead of where I've been, but I still have a lot of work to do," said Franklin. "I'm trying to stay competitive and I'd like to contribute as much as I can, seeing as how I only have two years left. There is urgency on my part because I want to do something."

Franklin is an excellent teammate. Some players that don't get to play can cause a cancer on the squad. But that is not Franklin and, for the most part, that is not the offensive line. There are plenty of guys that want to play and more talent in that position group than ever before, but there is also a brotherhood among offensive linemen.

"Yeah, we're really close as a group and we're always hanging out after class or eating lunch together or over at the apartments," said Franklin. "We are always supporting each other and we are really a tight knit group."

Franklin found himself a peacemaker during Friday's scrimmage when fellow offensive lineman Trent Perkins was ready to get into it with linebacker Justin Gent.

"You gotta come to the rescue of your boys especially when they get a little too heated and take their protective gear off," said Franklin laughing.

Franklin is hoping to have greater opportunity to have the backs of his fellow offensive linemen by being on the field this fall and that will be contingent on his continued good effort this spring.

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