Cowboy Players Report

STILLWATER - What has been hyped and anticipated as perhaps the greatest season in the history of Oklahoma State football is now set to begin. The top 105 players in the Cowboys program reported today to the OSU campus and the new west end zone football headquarters.

For the veteran and newcomer players alike there were forms and information to exchange, equipment to check out, and the usual first day drug test. Several meetings were scheduled with the coaching staff and a "welcome back" dinner at the new training table facility on the lower club level of the west end zone.

Practice will begin Wednesday as part of a fairly short 12-day, 13-practice preseason/August camp. Classes for the fall semester begin on the Oklahoma State campus on Monday, Aug. 17.

As previously mentioned, there are 105 players permitted by NCAA rule to report to the start of camp. There are not expected to be any surprises in the players that are reporting.

In the class of newcomers several names have been added as offensive lineman Levy Adcock of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M J.C. and wide receiver Dameron Fooks of Fullerton (Calif.) C.C. in California were added to the roster over the summer.

The Cowboys also got some good news in learning that offensive lineman Michael Bowie of Sand Springs, Okla, is academically eligible. Out of the class of newcomers junior college cornerback Mike Eargle did not make it, and, as expected, high school defensive tackle Ryan Robinson out of Georgia did not qualify and will attend junior college in Mississippi. Veteran wide receiver Bo Bowling is still suspended from the team while dealing with drug charges and a September trial date.

There are a number of walk-ons that have a chance to contribute this season that are included in the 105 reporting list. We believe some of those are wide receiver Colton Chelf out of NEO that impressed during spring practice, offensive linemen Jordan Taormina of California and Casey LaBrue from Enid, wide receiver Nathan Gilsleider, senior safety transfer from Wheaton College Walker Smith, freshman cornerback prospect Nick Rockwell from Fort Worth Dunbar in Texas. There is also the name Damian Davis as a walk-on.

Davis is well known and started last season at wide receiver and was the hero in the win at Missouri on national TV. Davis was suspended in the offseason for violation of team rules. However, Davis has asked head coach Mike Gundy for another chance to get back on the team. Gundy, as he challenged former linebacker Jeremy Nethon, has told Davis he must sit out this season and practice while paying his own way. Nethon successfully made the comeback to the team and Cowboy fans will be rooting for Davis to do the same.

Our sources have told us that the Cowboys will report in fairly good health with only safety Victor Johnson (shoulder rehab) and defensive tackle Shane Jarka (foot) expected to be limited in any way in practice at the start of camp.

Practices begin on Wednesday following the meetings and team meal on Tuesday. Below is a schedule of the first week of practices.

*Wed. Aug. 5 - 4:45 p.m. (helmets and shorts)
*Thurs. Aug 6 - 4:45 p.m. (helmets and shorts)
*Fri. Aug. 7 - 4:45 p.m. (helmets and shoulder pads)
*Sat. Aug 8 - 9:15 a.m. (helmets and shoulder pads)
Media Day @ 1 p.m.
Fan Appreciation Day @ 5 p.m.
*Sun. Aug 9 - 4:45 p.m. (full pads)
*Mon. Aug 10 - 4:45 p.m. (full pads)
Tues. Aug. 11 - 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. (two-a-days)

* practices where the first hour is open to public to watch

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