Oklahoma State's practice Tuesday reportedly went very smooth and concludes the heavy work as the Cowboys will scale back practice Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Seattle on a team charter flight leaving Stillwater around 6 p.m. Thursday. The team should arrive at the hotel in Bellvue, Wash., around 9 p.m. (PDT) which will allow for a brief meeting and a snack before heading to bed.
The team will have a walk through at Qwest Field on Friday morning before the stadium is locked down by the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks-Oakland Raiders preseason game on Friday.
On the Road Again
With the destination for the opener being so far away the Cowboys' football 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig took off out of Stillwater Tuesday heading for Seattle. The rig, provided by Emerick's Moving and Storage out of Enid, is a showpiece that gets attention on the highways. The truck should arrive in Seattle sometime around midday to early afternoon on Thursday.
Big Play Potential
An interesting game was brought up at practice by my broadcast partner and Voice of the Cowboys Dave Hunziker. Dave, who is always interested in the opinion of those around him, enlisted myself, Assistant Operations Director Dale Patterson, Associate AD and SID Kevin Klintworth and others to guess a new Cowboy on offense and defense that would make a big play in the game with Washington State. The criteria was it had to be a player that really had not made a big play previously, so it could be a player that has been here but is just getting in the lineup or it could be a newcomer.
Players making the list included:
Hubert Anyiam Lucien Antoine
Josh Cooper Donald Booker
Bo Bowling Maurice Gray
Beau Johnson Swanson Miller
Artrell Woods Orie Lemon
Jamal Mosley Markelle Martin
Demarcus Conner Terrance Anderson
My picks were Josh Cooper and Terrance Anderson.
On the Same Page
Coming off last season, Zac Robinson
has established working relationships with wide receivers Dez Bryant
and Jeremy Broadway
, and with tight end Brandon Pettigrew
. But other than a few passes to Damian Davis
, Robinson hasn't hit any of the other receivers in a real game, players like Hubert Anyiam, DeMarcus Cooner, Artrell Woods, Bo Bowling, and Josh Cooper.
Robinson said that's no problem as fall camp has built up the on the field relationship and his confidence in the new stud Cowboy receivers.
"Coming into the fall camp I wasn't 100 percent comfortable or confident with some of the guys, but throughout the camp Artie Woods, DeMarcus Conner
, Hubert Anyiam, and those three guys in the slot in Bowling, Cooper, and Davis, I feel they got a good understanding of the offense and I got a lot more confident at throwing to them and their running of routes. They all run good routes and that is what makes them all good. I am know excited about playing with those guys this Saturday."
The receivers are excited too. They want to play and now it is their time. ESPN GameDay is in town doing a feature on the miracle recovery of Artrell Woods and some of the other receivers could be feature material before this season gets too far down the road.
"Yes, you always have to have a bond with your quarterback," said Conner. "He has to know where you are at and he has to know where he wants to throw the ball. We are all a good group of receivers and we've worked hard catching the ball all summer, getting that chemistry together."