Cowboy Football: Spring Practice Notebook

In a departure from previous spring practices, the Oklahoma State Cowboys actually scrimmaged full speed various phases of the special teams. During the scrimmage Friday, head coach Mike Gundy had the PAT/field goal team kick in the appropriate situations, including a 41-yard field goal by redshirt freshman Quinn Sharp. There was not a single missed kick. Dan Bailey and Sharp were perfect.

The scrimmaging of punts and kickoffs was a little unusual.

"We had 12 or 14 plays of live reps which is different than we've done in the spring and we let them go full speed," said Gundy.

"I like our returners. I like the way Quinn is punting the ball. I like the snaps. So I thought it was good. We'll evaluate it on tape and then we'll put them in pressure situations next week in the Orange-White game and give them an opportunity to perform in a game setting in front of a crowd."

Barnes and Paulsen Check it Out
Future Cowboy freshmen Jordan Barnes of Fort Wayne (Homestead), Ind., and David Paulsen of Marietta (Walton), Ga., were back again to watch Friday's practice.

The two watched practice along with future freshman quarterback Clint Chelf of Enid on Wednesday. Paulsen is on spring break and Barnes is just skipping a week of school to check out his future college home. Barnes sat in the stands for part of the scrimmage with his mother Demetrece and his dad Roosevelt, a former Purdue and Detroit Lions defensive end.

Lavey and Osborne Headline Prospects Observing
Blue-chip Texas linebacker recruit Caleb Lavey out of Celina, Tex. was back in town Friday with his parents. The Laveys got into Stillwater Thursday night and watched practice Friday.

Caleb was wearing an Oklahoma State sweatshirt and spent a good portion of the last half hour of the scrimmage on the field with head coach Mike Gundy. The 6-3, 211-pound Lavey is likely to be headed to the OU spring game Saturday if they are following the same plan they had a couple of weeks ago when the weather forced them to cancel their planned weekend. Lavey has said he would like to make a decision sometime before next season.

Another linebacker prospect was on hand in Mitchell Osborne. of Southlake Carroll, Texas. Osborne spent a lot of time with recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr. He is a good looking outside linebacker prospect at 6-3, 205, and with 4.62 speed.

Three other prospects attending Friday's practice were wide receiver Floyd Chism (6-1, 180, 4.5) of Daingerfield, Texas, tight end Cody Nall (6-7, 240) of Ardmore, Okla., and athlete Brandon Speth (5-8, 177, 4.46) of League City (Clear Creek), Texas.

All five players are heading into their senior seasons.

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