Cowboy Practice Notes: August 4

After going perfect during extra point and field goal work with both the first and second units the Cowboys then worked on kickoff return for the first time this fall Monday, and the work looked good as many of the players had drilled on the schemes in the spring and the retention was good.

What most Oklahoma State fans want to know is who is doing the returning? The answer is Perrish Cox, Dez Bryant, William Cole, Hubert Anyiam, Johnny Thomas, Bob Bowling, Travis Miller, and Brodrick Brown.

With work on kickoff return also comes a look at the kickers on kickoffs, and returning kickoff specialist Dan Bailey was booming them Monday. He reportedly has 10 touchbacks in 12 officially charted kickoffs this fall. Quinn Sharpe had some success as well getting a couple of kicks inside the five, but Bailey was hitting several well into the end zone.

Scrimmage on Saturday
As expected the Oklahoma State squad will have its first full scrimmage Saturday. There were some live plays Monday in the first full-pads practice and there will be some more during the week, but Saturday will be stretch and go get it.

"It will be live and we will get after it," said Gundy of the Saturday scrimmage. "If we stay healthy, I've had a bad habit of that (going over the projected play count) "I'd like to stay right around a 100, but if guys stay healthy and we are getting something out of it then we'll keep going. I'm a firm believer in that you only get better by playing and getting experience. There is no substitute for live reps."

There is no word yet whether fans will be allowed to sit in and watch Saturday's scrimmage, but a decision should be coming soon. As for the start time it is 2:30 p.m.

It has been hot in the afternoon but a break in the heat wave is expected and the projected high temperature for Saturday is 89 degrees.

"They'll think they move up north," quipped Gundy.

Visiting Recruits and Coaches
There were two Class of 2010 recruiting prospects watching practice Monday afternoon as Oklahoma Centennial High School quarterback Darrell White and defensive tackle Ryland Widener stayed for the entire practice. Widener looked to be about 6-1, 270 pounds and White was a lean 6-2 to 6-3 and about 175 pounds. Centennial, in its second season, is projected to be pretty good this season. We'll keep our eyes on White and Widener.

Also watching practice Monday were four members of the Edmond North football coaching staff. High schools in Oklahoma begin their practices on August 12 and they can check out equipment on August 11.

Travis Miller the Spud of 2008?
The last three days in practice, Travis Miller of Marlin, Texas, has been blazing around the practice field making plays. He has been mentioned by Gundy and was very impressive to former Oklahoma State head coach Pat Jones, who was at the Sunday practice and saw Miller break several runs.

Yhe question is, has Miller impressed hundy like current starting running back Kendall Hunter did as a freshman last August?

"He could be in the rotation, Kye (Staley) and Travis are alternating and Travis is a little further than him right now, and a lot of that depends on how healthy those guys stay," said Gundy being more reserved about Miller than he has been the past several days. "We will probably have to play a freshman running back some in the rotation this season."

What will be the determining factor on Miller getting into games this season? "Kendall had the ability to make people miss and he stayed healthy," added Gundy. "If Travis or Kye can do that then we will want to rotate them through."

Injured and Missing
Running back Keith Toston was not even out at practice Monday as he stayed in the training room in Gallagher-Iba Arena to get treatments on his sprained knee. Tolu Moala was out for most of practice on the stationary bikes and freshman defensive end Jeremy Gray, out for the season with a torn Achilles, was also outside some.

There is still no word on the paperwork hang up in the NCAA Clearinghouse with tight end Justin Horton of Henderson, Texas.

Wide receiver Josh Cooper was missing from practice Monday as he had a close friend involved in a extremely serious automobile accident. Cooper had permission from the coaching staff to be with his friend's family during a tough period in the hospital. Cooper should be back at practice in the morning.

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