Cowboy Practice Report: Day 10

STILLWATER - One staff member walked through the gates of the practice field this morning and shouted out, "Have I gone to a resort?" The answer, obviously, was no, but with the temperature below 70 at the start of practice and not rising into triple digits it was obvious that Mother Nature was showing some mercy toward football campers across Oklahoma, including Oklahoma State.

It was a good thing as Monday's morning practice was the first of two as Monday was the first of three days of scheduled two-a-day practice dates this week.

Coming off the first major scrimmage of camp on Saturday this was a day of corrections and addressing issues observed on the video from the Saturday scrimmage.

Head coach Mike Gundy was happy with the offense in several ways on Saturday including the multitude of receivers (10) that caught passes playing with the first offense.

The variety was nice but offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen is looking for more consistency and this week figures to be a major test for receivers. It's a week where players could earn a ticket to playing time on the offense or find his your way toward the back of the line.

Holgorsen hasn't seen what he wants out of the receiver corps.

"Not yet, no. I wish we did (see more from the receivers)," said Holgorsen. "I feel good about nine guys on offense. Our job as coaches, and those other nine guys because they are in with us as well, we have to find about nine more. We can't play with nine. We have to find seven or nine more.

"We'll get a couple of those other receivers that haven't been out there. We get (Hubert) Anyiam and (Michael) Harrison out there and hopefully they can do some things for us. Isaiah Anderson has done a couple of things for us you know, that gets him in maybe the fifth or sixth spot when it comes to receivers. We play with eight (in the rotation), so we are still looking for a couple."

Reminded of walk-on senior Colton Chelf, Holgorsen put him in that group of eight. Chelf at 5-9, 165 pounds is not a big game breaker, but he catches everything thrown at him.

"He's doing fine and I don't have anything negative to say about him," said Holgorsen. "He's doing fine and he is backing up (Justin) Blackmon and you will see him out there. Right now he is a solid pick."

In the morning workout Harrison was back in an orange offensive practice jersey, but Anyiam was still in the green injury jersey.

Of the freshmen, while Chris Dinkins and Kevin Johnson showed up early last week in practice, they have leveled off and are not guaranteed to play and avoid a redshirt season. That is still to be evaluated as Holgorsen only committed to playing one freshman on offense and that is running back Joseph Randle.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden has to be a cheerleader for the receivers and he was happy with what he saw, esecially out of his classmates.

"A lot of those guys are juniors," said Weeden. "Tracy (Moore) and Blackmon are on my right side, and you've got Coop (Josh Cooper) who is a junior and Isaiah and Hubert, when he is healthy.

"We're all juniors and kind of inexperienced, but I'm very pleased with what those guys already know. If they make a mistake is is hard on them. I'm glad to see that because it means something to them."

The morning practice ran for two hours and 20 minutes in full pads. It was a typical practice with that emphasis on correcting items discovered in the scrimmage. There was a full speed and lively team period at the close of the morning practice.

The afternoon saw temperatures right around 94 degrees when practice started at 6:00 p.m. That practice was in helmets, spider pads, and shorts. It was more of a glorified walk thru with an emphasis on special teams and execution and assignments on both sides of the ball.

The Cowboys will practice just once on Tuesday, with another two-a-day scheduled for Wednesday.

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