Cowboys Practice Notebook: Day 3

Cowboys Practice Notebook: Day 3

Head coach Mike Gundy gave his exclusive assessment of the team so far and his thoughts on the upcoming season to the near 80 Extreme Campers on Sunday morning after practice.

Gundy and the Oklahoma State staff really appreciate the Extreme Campers and what they do for the program in the way of funding that takes care of extras that are sometimes needed during the football season.

The campers get some Cowboys football swag in the way of Nike shoes and clothing. They also have the chance to win a lot of door prizes. They eat with the team and attend practice and meetings. There is that private meeting with Gundy. They also hear from athletic director Mike Holder.

It is a fun time and so many of the campers are regulars that come each year. Camp director Johnny Barr brought in former Oklahoma State and Dallas Cowboys fullback Walt Garrison as a special speaker.

From the Receiver's Viewpoint
There is a lot of talk so far about the receiver position. The depth that is there with guys like Blake Webb, C.J. Curry and Austin Hays back healthy and ready is an attribute that Gundy thinks may make the Cowboys play faster.

One thing was obvious in talking to several of the receivers on media day is that they see plenty of improvement and competition at the experience and at the one delivering them the football, the quarterbacks.

"James Washington looks good," Webb said hitting the category of we already knew that. "There are a couple freshman defensive backs that have caught my eye. Josh Mabin, a linebacker, looks good. Mason Rudolph also looks good at quarterback."

"Right now, all the receivers are looking good," Brandon Sheperd added. "The young freshmen are looking good at receiver as well."

"We look great," Webb jumped back in. "We have a lot of depth. This could be a special group of receivers and I'm excited to see what we do."

Jhajuan Seales appears to be special and he has jumped in as the leader at wide receiver. He has practiced well the first two days and was really proud of beating Kevin Peterson on a deep ball in Saturday's practice. He is purely a team player at heart.

"The chemistry with all the quarterbacks is great," Seales said. "We hang out with all those guys really well and so getting with them and getting to know them really well really helps with getting on the field. J.W. (Walsh) is great person and a great leader. Also, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph are all great leaders who know how to construct the offense and really work around us."

Practice Attire Pretty Nice
Oklahoma State has a new football equipment chief with the emphasis on "Chief" in Matt "Chief" Davis, who many are familiar with from his Cowboys baseball radio duties as well as working as the equipment manager for baseball and an assistant for football.

Previous football equipment coordinator Wes Edwards is now moved to Gallagher-Iba Arena to head up all the sports outside football. Davis handles football with the assistance of veteran assistant equipment coordinator Justin Williams. It's a strong team in the equipment room.

The Cowboys practice attire is new this year with new practice jerseys and the shorts are a new model with the Cowboys game jersey sleeve design down the side of the black shorts. Oklahoma State is written on the back right leg of the shorts. The OSU equipment staff is as good as any in college football and better than most.

Rest of the Day for the Cowboys
Meetings, walk thru, and dinner made it a simple afternoon for the Cowboys players. There was a chapel at 4:30 p.m. for players choosing to spend part of their Sunday in worship. John Talley from Fellowship of Christian Athletes was handling the chapel service.

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