Cowboy Practice Notes: July 31

In our story Wednesday we mentioned that all the Oklahoma State Cowboy players were accounted for but we did not write that they were all present because they weren't. Two veteran players are no longer with the team. Head coach Mike Gundy said that junior safety Al'Darius Thompson and redshirt freshman safety Adrian Moore both left the team because of personal reasons.

One source told us that Moore was unhappy with playing defense and that is why he has decided to look elsewhere. Thompson lettered last season playing in 12 games and recording four tackles. he played primarily on special teams. He also saw some action as a trued freshman but had no stats. The 5-11, 180-pound product of North Mesquite High School in Texas was also considered a possibility at kick or punt returner for this season.

Moore had a meteoric rise as a senior in being discovered by Oklahoma State in recruiting. He played as an all-purpose quarterback and some defensive back at White Hall High School outside Pine Bluff, Ark. Moore redshirted last season and was down the depth chart coming into this season. Moore was also considered a possibility in the return game.

There is one freshman that is not working out yet as tight end Justin Horton of Henderson, Texas, has a paper work problem with the NCAA that officials expect to get corrected in the next few days. The 6-4, 220-pound Horton was enrolled in summer school and participated in the Cowboys summer strength and conditioning program in July.

Every other player, both old and new, is in camp and practicing.

The Fastest Cowboy
The envelope please, the fastest Cowboy according to times taken in the 40-yard dash at the end of the summer program is cornerback Jacob Lacey. The senior that is slated to start at boundary corner ran a 4.35. Lacey was one of three Cowboys posting a sub-4.4 clocking, Redshirt freshman wide receiver William Cole (4.37) and senior safety Quinton Moore (4.38) also came in under 4.4.

There were a number of players that clocked under 4.5, including wide receiver Bo Bowling at 4.42. Others under 4.5 included wide receivers Hubert Anyiam, freshman Isaiah Anderson, Jeremy Broadway, and DeMarcus Conner. Defensive backs like Perrish Cox, Terrance Anderson, and freshmen Markelle Martin and Brodrick Brown were also in that speedy group along with running back Kendall Hunter.

How about this, wide receiver Artrell Woods in just over a year since his serious injury in the weight room clocked a 4.5 flat.

Two Recruiting Visitors
It is obvious that Tulsa Union running back Jeremy Smith has been working hard this summer. Showing off a rock hard body the Cowboys' first commitment in the 2009 recruiting class was in Stillwater watching practice Wednesday and he had a rival and friend with him in Jenks blocking back Grant Goodwin.

Goodwin may be just what the doctor and Smith ordered as Oklahoma State reportedly is looking to add a commitment from a fullback in the class. Goodwin would fit that mold. Both players looked like they were having a good time as they visited with OSU coordinator of football operations Robert Matthews, assistant head coach and running backs coach Curtis Luper, and head coach Mike Gundy.

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