Cowboy Football Notebook

Oklahoma State co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer was in San Diego on Thursday representing Oklahoma State and subbing for head coach Mike Gundy, who was in Orlando with wide receiver Dez Bryant and Ray Guy Award-winning punter Matt Fodge.

Brewer met with the local San Diego media and checked out the Cowboys digs at the Manchester Grand Hyatt and, overall, had a good time at the Holiday Bowl function.

"It went fantastic and the Holiday Bowl committee are a bunch of people that are looking forward to putting on a great show for us," said Brewer. "The hotel we are staying in, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, is unbelievable with the water right there and Coronado and the bay and the big ships are passing by. I think the kids will have a great time.

"It's been 20 years since Oklahoma State was there with Coach Gundy and with him coming back as a coach I think that is the first time that has happened there. They are really looking forward to it."

HUNTER EARNS ANOTHER ALL AMERICAN HONOR
Oklahoma State sophomore running back Kendall Hunter has been named tabbed as a first-team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). The official announcement was made Saturday afternoon on ABC as part of a one-hour show sponsored by AT&T.

Hunter joins fellow Cowboy sophomore Dez Bryant (American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp) as a first-team All-America pick in 2008. OSU offensive lineman Russell Okung also made an All-American team.

Hunter, the nation's sixth-leading rusher with an average of 126.5 yards per game and 6.7 yards per carry, is OSU's first All-America running back since Gerald Hudson in 1990 and the first Cowboy sophomore to earn All-America honors at that position since Thurman Thomas in 1985.

He led the Big 12 in rushing by more than 140 yards per game. Hunter will enter the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 with 1,518 rushing yards in 2008 and a career total of 2,214 yards to rank No. 12 all-time at Oklahoma State. He is the second straight Cowboy back to earn first-team all-Big 12 honors in the backfield. Dantrell Savage was an all-league selection in 2007.

The FWAA All-America team is the second longest continuously published All-America team in major college football. It dates back to 1944.

STAGGERED RECRUITING
We reported Saturday that the Cowboys had three official visitors in this weekend. Last night that wasn't true but it is now.

Both Atlanta (M.L. King), Ga. linebacker Joel Kight and Sand Springs (Page), Okla. offensive tackle Michael Bowie were on hand but Cowboy commitment and Katy (Morton Ranch), Texas safety Joe Mitchell had not arrived, Mitchell was taking a college board test, either ACT or SAT, and did not arrive until Saturday afternoon and is scheduled to stay over on his recruiting visit through Monday.

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCEE
> Five Oklahoma State Cowboys walked on graduation Saturday as Matt Fodge capped a huge week that saw him win the Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter on Thursday in Orlando and walked across the stage in Gallagher-Iba Saturday receiving his diploma.

Fodge was joined by seniors Ricky Price (safety), Todd Nelson (wide receiver), and center David Washington. Fellow offensive lineman and just a junior, Andrew Lewis, has also graduated and will begin work on his master's in the spring semester. Overall, the offensive line should be smarter in the bowl game, right?

"I don't know they have to overcome the guy (Joe Wickline) coaching them first," said Brewer. "He (Wickline) says he has a degree supposedly from Florida. It is a great thing and Andrew (Lewis) graduated in three and half years and is working on a master's and Washington is the old man here and now has that degree. They should be smarter, they have degrees and are ready to go out in the real world and work a little bit."

CHECK BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Sunday's bowl practice starting at 2 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium was listed in The Oklahoman as an open practice but there is some descrepency on that. You might want to check before you come up to attend. During the practice the Cowgirls will be playing basketball in Gallagher-Iba against TCU.

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