Spring Football Notebook

STILLWATER - The system is still being reviewed and could be tweaked further but as of now the scoring will include all the standards for points such as touchdown, PAT, and field goal. In addition the offense can score 1 point for either explosive plays like a 12-yard or more run or a pass play of 16 yards or more. They can also score a point for earning three consecutive first downs.

On defense a touchdown is worth seven points. A turnover without scoring is three points. Two points will be awarded for sacks, tackles for loss, forcing a four-and-out, and the traditional safety. The defense can earn one point for forcing a three-and-out. Points for blocked kicks were still being reviewed.

The scoreboard will reflect the scoring and it will be explained in the roster program, on the public address system by Boone Pickens Stadium voice Larry Reece and on the radio with Dave Hunziker and the Cowboy Network crew.

Listen to the Cowboy Network on These Stations
Dave Hunziker on play-by-play, John Holcomb on analysis, and your's truly on the sidelines will be on the airwaves Saturday evening starting with pregame show at 5:45 p.m. on the Cowboy Radio Network from Learfield Sports.

Among the stations carrying the game are KXY (96.1 FM) in Oklahoma City, KFAQ-AM (1190AM) in Tulsa, KSPI (93.7FM) in Stillwater, KWON-AM (1400AM) in Blackwell, and KMZE-FM (92.1) in Woodward.

With Knees it is Age Over Beauty
Defensive coordinator Bill Young had arthroscopic knee surgery just before the start of spring practice and the veteran coach is still showing the signs of it especially late in practices.

Meanwhile, several of his defensive pupils are recovering from knee surgery such as Victor Johnson and Andrew McGee, who also had back issues, yet they are moving around and participating in some drills. McGee, like Young, just had arthroscopic surgery.

"He had knee surgery just a couple of weeks ago and he is doing great," said Young. "I had knee surgery a month ago and I can barely walk. What's the deal with that? Age and about a hundred pounds, right?"

Young was also honored Tuesday night as he received the Merv Johnson Integrity in Coaching Award from the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Who Will Catch the Passes?
Offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen is a former wide receiver at Iowa Wesleyan. He played in the same offense that he is now teaching to the Cowboys. It's mostly the same, as Holgorsen has tweaked it to his liking. So, how good was he as a receiver in this offense?

"I was a good receiver for NAIA. Good at that level but that is nothing like this (out here)," said Holgorsen modestly.

Coaches always want to coach players beeter than they were and Holgorsen seems to like the looks of this receiver corps that includes players he has complimented such as Josh Cooper, Tracy Moore, Hubert Anyiam, and Justin Blackmon. He will expect them to continue to work hard and get better.

"We'll find the best four receivers that we've got and stick them out there," said the offensive boss. "Just the nature of what we do, spreading the ball around, all of them are going to get their touches.

"The more one guy is comfortable with the offense and the better he knows that, the more the quarterback trusts him, the more we trust him, the more balls he's going to get. We can dictate who gets the ball."


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