Just two days into pads after a little extra time in acclimatization because of waiting on test results, former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim minor league prospect and former All-State linebacker Tyler Johnson was scrimmaging Saturday night. Johnson wasn't very clear on what he was doing assignment-wise but the 6-1, 236-pounder runs pretty well and he has not forgotten how to tackle.
"He made some tackles and I don't know that he knows what he is doing, but I saw him run across the field and make some tackles and that is encouraging," said Gundy of Johnson
"As we all know the most important thing is to find the ball and get the guy down. He did show up and make some plays and he has shown some maturity and he is 24 years old. His body is in good shape. Maybe we'll hit another home run (with a baseball player).
"He is a thick young guy and he has only been out in pad for two days," said Young, who is reserving the right to see more before making any claims with Johnson.
Pat Jones Sighting
Former Oklahoma State head coach Pat Jones, the winningest Oklahoma State head coach in football, was back to watch practice Saturday night for the second time this week. You get the feeling that no matter what listeners to Jones on the radio say, the former OSU head coach and now radio and Fox Sports Southwest football analyst likes what he sees in the Cowboys.
Jace Chilcoat In Camp
Quarterback Jace Chilcoat, a walk-on last year and a pretty sharp thrower, has checked into camp. He replaces a player that has been injured, likely freshman linebacker Caleb Lavey. Chilcoat is a very solid practice contributor at quarterback with a good arm.
Latest on Scouts
Just one NFL team was represented at the scrimmage, a heck of a time to get to see the Cowboys players. The New York Jets were in the house. The Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, and New York Giants were at practice Friday night.
Despite some coaches, such as Alabama's Nick Saban keeping scouts out of their practices over the agent controversy, Gundy continues to allow the NFL scouts in for part of practice and to watch video in the OSU football offices.
Lavey Done for the Season
Head coach Mike Gundy did not get real specific but he did say that freshman middle linebacker Caleb Lavey had a serious right elbow injury and would miss this season and would redshirt. Lavey came to OSU last January and participated in spring football giving the 6-2, 231-pounder a leg up on possibly playing this season.