Cowboy Clips: Day 1

It didn't take long for wide receiver Dez Bryant to stick out. Bryant made the most impressive physical play on the first day of Oklahoma State's practice as he reached out on a throw in front of him and snagged it with one hand to pull it in while the crowd was watching during the first hour of practice.

"I like it but you know I don't expect it to happen. It just happens," said Bryant of the play. "I feel like God blessed me with that kind of ability and I just like to use it."

Head coach Mike Gundy told the media, when asked, that Dez Bryant should be a Heisman Trophy candidate and that his play the past two seasons has earned that. He also said he hopes Dez will keep that Heisman hype under control.

"I'm going to stay level-headed but you know with me being a Heisman candidate I can't take all the credit by myself," said Bryant. "The other 10 guys on offense and the cornerbacks and the guys on the defense making me better. Zac (Robinson), the O-line, anb the running backs, without all them this wouldn't be true."

Gundy announced Wednesday that two players, fullback Bryant Ward of Stillwater and kicker Dan Bailey of Mustang, have been awarded scholarships.

Bailey has kicked the majority of the last two seasons since transferring from Arkansas. He has hit 85 of 85 extra points and hit 17 of 23 field goals with a long of 45 yards.

Ward is a local product that immediately earned the nickname "Stillwater" because he was noticed as a true freshman as a hitter. He has played on a number of special teams and is an excellent blocker. He scored a one-yard touchdown last season against Iowa State on his only career carry.

"It's a great chance for our coaching staff to say thank you to those guys for all the hard work and effort," said Gundy of what he thought were the sixth and seventh walk-ons to be awarded scholarships since he took over as head coach. "It also shows that if you're a guy that wants to walk on and play football at Oklahoma State and you make it that you will get your school paid for."

Bailey said, "It means a lot. I've been working hard and finally being rewarded a little bit is a good feeling. I actually found out when Coach (Joe) DeForest called me and it was eight in the morning and I was kind of in a fog. He gave me a hard time about that because I was kind of sleepy."

Former Oklahoma State defensive tackle turned offensive lineman Ahmad Jones is no longer with the team. Jones has left the team and has decided to enroll at UCO in Edmond and play for the Division II Bronchos.

Also, freshman linebacker Colton Richardson of Ada, Okla., is apparently short a class or some other hang up with the NCAA Clearinghouse and he is not practicing at this point.

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