Cowboy Practice Notes: Aug. 8

With all the talk about the five junior college contributors on the defense including defensive tackle Swanson Miller and defensive end Jeremiah Price some may have forgotten second-year junior college product Tonga Tea Jr. at the one technique on the defensive line. Like many defensive linemen before him out of junior college, Tonga is better the second time around, but it's not just experience.

"Tonga (Tea) is better because he is 20 pounds lighter and he feels better in practice and he is moving better," said Gundy of the 310-pound nose tackle. "I think once we get the majority of our work done in the next 12 practice or so and we start to taper back and they get their legs back then he's going to feel a lot better, just from being 20 to 25 pounds lighter."

Tea is a player to watch in Saturday's scrimmage.

Horton Hears A Snap Count
Okay, it really doesn't work and we should apologize to Dr. Suess, but freshman tight end Justin Horton out of Henderson, Texas, was back Friday and good to go as he practiced in shorts and helmet.

Horton, who missed the first eight days of practice and 10 workouts because of a hang up in the NCAA Clearinghouse, was back in Stillwater Friday in time for the practice.

So, how did Gundy think he looked? "Good, I guess. I just saw him for five minutes," said Gundy of Horton, who actually arrived right before practice began.

"He finally got all of his paperwork cleared up and so he's back out there. It probably forces him to redshirt since he is coming back on practice 10 or 11, whatever this is. It's good to have him out there. They have limitations on that paperwork we can't control and whenever it goes through, it goes through."

Details From OSU for the Scrimmage Attendees
Fans who plan on attending Saturday's Oklahoma State football open scrimmage should be advised that gate six on the south side of Boone Pickens Stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. This will be the only point of entry into the stadium.

Fans should park in the stadium south lot and should sit in the south stands. The club level and suite level will be closed. Fans should not bring cameras, video cameras or cell phone cameras into the stadium.

Fans are permitted to bring chair-back seats and seat cushions into the stadium for this scrimmage, but will not be allowed to on gamedays during the season. This is a new policy for 2008. Another new policy is that the stadium gates will open 1 1/2 hours before kickoff on gamedays during the season, as opposed to two hours prior to kickoff as in past years.

Members of the media are permitted to shoot the first 30 minutes of the scrimmage from the sidelines, but should not stop in the designated team box area at any time. Print reporters should watch the scrimmage from the south stands.

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