Cowboy Scrimmage Notebook

Head coach Mike Gundy and some of the Oklahoma State coaching staff also stayed busy during Friday's scrimmage entertaining a trio of highly regarded prospects ranging from in-state to out of state to an immediate recruit on an official visit.

Defensive tackle Keni Kaufusi of Salt Lake City Cottonwood High School in Utah was there making an official visit. Kaufusi was believed to be heading to junior college, but the 6-2, 275-pound defensive tackle is going to make it academically and has already visited Colorado officially. He plays at the same high school that produced current OSU quarterback Alex Cate. Cate's father is an assistant coach on the Cottonwood staff.

Here is where it gets little confusing. Kaufusi was there with his adopted dad and blood brother, Steve and John Martinez. John Martinez is one of the top offensive line prospects in the nation for the 2009 recruiting class. The 6-3, 265-pound Martinez is ultra quick, running a 4.9 in the 40-yard dash. His list includes the likes of USC, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, and many more.

The in-state product visiting campus for the scrimmage was Jenks cornerback Gabe Lynn. The 6-1, 180-pound speedster was at OU's scrimmage last Saturday and has been to an earlier practice at OSU as well. Lynn's offer list include several schools including OSU and OU.

Staying Healthy
So far, so good and the Cowboys appeared to stay healthy again during Friday's scrimmage especially at the key running back position. The Cowboys need to stay healthy there in order to keep with the same format for the Orange-White Game on April 12. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew was held out as was wide receiver Artrell Woods. Junior college transfer defensive end Jeremiah Price also missed the scrimmage with an unspecified injury.

'The Punisher' Wears Out His Shoulder Pads
A trip to the equipment room revealed that the Cowboys have been putting in the hitting this spring as new safety Lucien Antoine's shoulder pads had the hard plastic outer pad on the top of the right shoulder completely inverted.

Equipment manager Wes Edwards said he had seen some like that in the past but never that bad and that completely inverted. 'The Punisher' also punishes his own equipment along with offensive targets.

Another safety, James Thomas, turned in his helmet after Wednesday's practice with a crack down the front of the helmet. The helmet was a new Riddell Revolution model. Edwards said he had never seen a crack like that along the front of the helmet.

Night Lite, If Needed
Staying with equipment, some of the fans on Friday may have been blinded if they had stared too long at the new shoes on kicker Dan Bailey. The shiny bright orange kicking shoes were some sight.

"If the lights went out, we'd still be able to find him," said head coach Mike Gundy of the glow in the dark shoes.

New Black Shirt is No. 98
Add one more black shirt to the defense. The black shirt signifies a player that is doing what he is supposed to on and off the field. Defensive end Derek Burton joins defensive end Ugo Chinasa, defensive tackle Jeray Chatham, linebacker Andre Sexton, safety Ricky Price, and cornerback Jacob Lacey.

Booker Gets the Start
After redshirt freshman Jonathan Rush started last week's scrimmage at left guard, on Friday that spot was occupied by sophomore Michael Booker. That was the only change in the starting offensive line that also features left tackle Russell Okung, center Andrew Lewis, right guard Steve Denning, and right tackle Brady Bond.

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