Cowboy Practice Notes: Aug. 6

One of the highlights of Wednesday's practice came at the end as the offense and defense were involved in a four-minute drill where the offense was trying to burn time off the clock to preserve and put away an eight-point lead. Quarterback Zac Robinson was going downfield looking for Dez Bryant when safety Lucien Antoine came over and splattered the Cowboys top target.

"It was down here in a man situation going from the middle of the field all the way to the sideline and he took out a receiver down deep," said defensive coordinator Tim Beckman describing the play in low-key fashion. "It was a splatter play. It was later on in practice, their go to guy and he knocked the ball out."

"You just saw big Lucien put a hit on Dez to end two minute," said cornerback Jacob Lacey when asked to talk about the aggressiveness of the defense. "It is starting to get heated real quick now."

Injury Report
Fortunately, it is still slim. Of course, the knowns are freshman defensive end Jeremy Gray (out for season with torn Achillies) and linebacker Tolu Moala (shoulder). Running back Keith Toston is expected to miss about another week with a knee sprain. Star linebacker Deron Fontenot is expected back soon but was held out Wednesday and the same with defensive tackle Jeray Chatham who got dizzy in practice Tuesday.

Back On The Microphone
Redshirt freshman defensive end Richetti Jones is extremely happy to be playing this season, but the 6-4, 255-pound standout out of Dallas Lincoln is also glad to be back on the interview eligibility list. Jones was one of the players featured last summer in the ESPN show featuring college freshmen living in a house with Chris Spielman. Jones had a good time with it and admits he missed doing media interviews.

"It was very hard because once I finished that show I thought I was Mr. Media himself," said Richetti Jones with a big grin on his face. "I was ready to start broadcasting right then. It was kind of hard because while we were doing the show they were teaching us how to talk into the cameras and I was so used to talkin into a microphone and on camera. I was Mr. Future ESPN broadcaster."

Jones said he does understand the Gundy policy and admits he is now better prepared to be a spokesman for the OSU football program.

Visiting Coaches & Recruit
There were two high school coaches visiting practice as Edmond Memorial offensive coordinator Josh Allen, a spread offense disciple, and offensive line coach Tom Ward were on hand for practice.

Also attending was Tyler Boss, a wide receiver out of Klein, Texas, near Houston, who watched all of practice. Boss was a standout in the recent Texas 7-on-7 Championships. He plays both wide receiver and defensive back at Klein.

New Turf in Seattle
At the end of his post-practice debrief, Gundy was asked if he knew what type of turf the Cowboys would be playing on in Seattle at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. That is the site of the opener with Washington State. Gundy said he did not know and was told, as were all of us on hand, by the Tulsa World's Bill Haisten that the stadium has just put in the newest form of Fieldturf, a version of the new style of artificial turf. A new field is just another reason for the Cowboys to go out an extra day early to get in a walk through workout on Friday morning at the stadium.

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