Cowboy Practice Report: Friday

STILLWATER - Oklahoma State senior linebacker Orie Lemon was walking out on the field with his fellow linebackers and the safeties and cornerbacks at 8:45 a.m. Friday, ready to get going and start his final day of preseason camp as a Cowboy, and his final two-a-days of practices as a college player.

He thought he was at that point last season when camp concluded but that was before he tore his ACL on the Monday before the opener with Georgia and was out for the season. Now Lemon knows he is through with camp.

But, honestly, he hopes to be in another football camp at this time next year.

"I sure hope so. I hope somebody will have me," said Lemon.

They will. Cowboys linebackers coach Glenn Spencer should know and he feels certain that Lemon will be in the NFL this time next season. Spencer said he remembered his final day of two-a-days as a senior defensive tackle at Georgia Tech.

"I do remember it, and that was when it really was two-a-days all the way through. It's all tough and everybody adjusts," said Spencer.

Spencer has some new faces and some challengers to get on the two deep. Tyler "Mr. Baseball" Johnson, out of Haskell, Okla., who has been playing baseball the last six years for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, has really shown up in camp as a guy that can get to the ball and make plays.

Also, Kye Staley is back at practice and he is back at a new position playing linebacker on the defensive side. The key for Staley is to keep that knee healthy. Staley, who played some defense (safety) in high school at Guthrie and played well on that side of the ball, has shown some apptitude over there as he had an interception his first day at linebacker.

The Cowboys went through a two-hour, 20-minute standard morning practice on Friday with an emphasis again on two-minute drill. There were a couple of team periods and the practice seemed to go well. The plan was for a light, helmets, spider pads, and short practice Friday evening, working mainly on special teams and execution on offense and defense.

The building is toward the scrimmage Saturday night that will officially conclude preseason camp. The players will have Sunday and Monday (first day of classes) off from practice but will meet as a team and in position groups.

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