Cowboy Practice Report: Aug. 14

STILLWATER - Waiting more than an hour for the thunderstorm sitting on Payne County and Stillwater to move out, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have completed or will complete their two-a-day practice days in fall camp Thursday night with a trip to the movie theater.

Scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., the Cowboys' morning practice started over an hour late and after it was over head coach Mike Gundy informed the squad they were getting a break during the afternoon and a trip to the movie Thursday night.

"We had a decent practice," Gundy said of the shorts, shoulder pads and helmets workout. "We got a lot of work in and put in some time against some Washington State sets. We're going to give the players the afternoon off and then go see a movie tonight."

The team completed its17th practice so far in camp on Thursday morning and now have a practice on Friday and a scrimmage Saturday with a light workout scheduled on Sunday before players will get a full day off from football on Monday with the start of classes.

The season opener with Washington State will be two weeks from Saturday on Aug. 30 in Seattle at Qwest Field, home of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. The workload had been high for the team and the tempo of the practices quick. Gundy and his staff seem to be happy with the effort and attitude of the team in camp.

"It's good to give them a little bit of a mental and physical break," Gundy said. "It's a tough time in camp. This is the time you look for your team leaders to step up and help your team push through it."

"We start class here in three or four days so we'll come back Friday and get it started again," added the head coach.

"We had an okay workout," said junior quarterback Zac Robinson. "We're still getting there and really looking forward to the season opener."

Both the practice Friday and the scrimmage Saturday are closed, as are all of the Cowboys remaining practices in the regular season. The Friday practice will be open to military personnel, policemen, firemen, EMTs and their families as the team wants to honor those people that put their lives on the line for our country and our communities. This was an idea of the team to, in their small way, honor those service individuals.

The Friday practice will be in Boone Pickens Stadium and interested military and service employees simply need to show an ID to gain entrance. There will not be an autograph session, but there will be a greet with the players and staff before practice.

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