Cowboy Football: Spring Practice Notebook

As advertised all the work Wednesday was thud and nothing completely live. But it will be Friday as the Big 12 officials told me they would be back are coming to work and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said there will be some work.

"There should be about 75 plays on Friday," said Gundy. "A lot of special teams scrimmage on Friday, get some work, full speed work for those guys and see if anybody can make a play full speed on special teams.

"We'll come back next week four times, the first one will be in shorts (Monday) and, obviously, the last one being the spring game."

They're Here
It wasn't surprising to look down the sideline at the Cowboys practice field and see OSU quarterback signee Clint Chelf watching practice. Chelf has been a frequent visitor and already has his older brother Colton out there playing wide receiver.

However, next to Chelf Wednesday were two of his future teammates, both from long distance. Fullback David Paulsen of Marietta (Walton), Ga., and linebacker Jordan Barnes from Fort Wayne (Homestead), Ind., were watching practice.

Paulsen is on spring break, while Barnes, a good student, is on a football break.

"This is the first chance I've had to get back out here since my official visit," said Paulsen, who will be in Stillwater through Friday along with Barnes and they both will see the scrimmage.

"I knew I needed to get out here to catch a few practices and catch a few meetings. It's my spring break so I'm here catching that and relaxing. This offense is going to be like the most difficult part, just learning it," Paulsen added.

Gundy said, "They're eager to get here and be a part of our program and it's a tribute to our assistant coaches and our players. Secondly, they are eager to get here and see this new facility. They hear about it and they see it on the Internet and they know that it's close, that your into the final details, painting and carpeting.

"There are areas where they can walk through it and see it and get a feeling for what they are going to be a part of and the facilities they are going to use. That is drawing people here as much as anything right now."

More Visting Coaches
A lot of high school and college coaching staffs have made a stop in Stillwater to check out things. The west end zone facility is part of it, as Gundy pointed out, but the coaches are also schooling.

The coaches clinic last Friday was successful and the coaching staff of head coach Bill Maskill and his assistants at Midwestern State Univeristy in Wichita Falls, Texas, added their names to the list as visitors to Stillwater on Wednesday.

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