Spring Football Notebook

The report is there have already been NFL teams cancel for Wednesday's Oklahoma State Pro Day although it is still expected to draw a sizeable crowd of NFL scouts, coaches and personnel administrators. The reason some are canceling is that wide receiver Dez Bryant, who did not work out at the combine, has announced his hamstring is still bothering him and he will not work out in Stillwater.

Bryant, who is causing NFL teams to start wondering a little, will work out in his hometown of Lufkin on either March 25 or March 29.

It was already known that former OSU cornerback Perrish Cox would not work out as OSU head coach Mike Gundy told him he could not use the OSU facilities following his Cotton Bowl suspension, and there is expected that there was some other problems there too. Cox is scheduling a workout for the NFL in his hometown of Waco, Texas.

Offensive tackle Russell Okung, projected as high as number two in the first round of the draft, will work out Wednesday as will quarterback Zac Robinson, who told me he would throw and in the absence of Bryant has recruited some receivers.

Here is a list of the OSU players expected to work out Wednesday in the event that gets underway in the weight room at 10 a.m.
(*-signifies that player worked out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis)

Terrance Anderson, CB
*Lucien Antoine, FS
Brady Bond, OT
Donald Booker, LB
Derek Burton, DE
DeMarcus Conner, WR
Noah Franklin, OG
Beau Johnson, RB
Patrick Lavine, LB
Andrew Lewis, OC
Swanson Miller, DT
Andrew Mitchell, OL
*Russell Okung, OT
Jeremiah Price, DE
*Zac Robinson, QB
Andre Sexton, SS/LB
*Keith Toston, RB

Defense Was Out There Too
Defensive coordinator Bill Young ended practice Tuesday with a smile on his face. Some fans might think there would be more worry lines on the brow of the former Cowboy defensive end in the 60s.

Not so. The defense may be missing a lot of starters but still has a lot of experienced players that were in the rotation last season that are back.

"We are anxious to look at the film and see how we did and get the big picture," said Young.

A few guys that will show up on the video that weren't on defense last season are former tight ends and now defensive ends Cooper Bassett and Wilson Youman.

Young was really zoned in on the front four today and feels that duo won't take long to transition back to defense where they both played in high school.

"I think it will be real fast. I say that because they've been in our program and their work ethic is there," said Young. "They know how to work and it is just a question of them learning the techniques and learning the assignments and even today you could see some flashes that they have ability."

What Is Special this Spring?
Special teams sometimes get put to the wayside during spring football as you are still waiting for the younger players to come in and many of them could make up the members of your cover and return units. That has never been the case at Oklahoma State. Mike Gundy has always given Joe DeForest a special teams period in spring practices.

"I'm going to be looking for a backup punter and a backup deep snapper," said DeForest. "It is great to have Dan Bailey back and he is really good. Quinn Sharp is one of the best in the country and we have Marc Yerry back to snap. Our backup snapper Connor Sinko has been hurt, so that is a concern.

"Then we have to find some return specialists for punts and kicks. I've had people tell me that I didn't know how lucky I was to have two of the best returners (Dez Bryant and Perrish Cox) in the country on the same team. Now they are gone.

"We will begin looking at that this spring. Also, we will work a lot of drills to find more players that can block on returns and get off blocks and coveron kicks."


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