August 9, 2006

Notes: Goal line fun


Safety Clint Coe took another step toward being fully cleared in Wednesday's practice. Still sporting a green jersey, Coe took turns in a full-speed drill pitting two receivers against two corners and a safety. His participation was important because it's the first time we've seen him in a drill that required him to read and react to offensive players at full speed.

There were a few times that Coe looked a slight bit tentative on the knee, but that's to be expected just four months out from a torn ACL. All in all, Coe didn't appear to be going at a lower speed than others in the drill and made some hard cuts.


Fox Sports Southwest weekend anchor Emily Jones was at the early part of practice along with senior producer Matt Scales and a camera man to gather footage and interviews for the channel's upcoming Big 12 preview. The crew has been on a whirlwind tour of Big 12 schools, coming to Stillwater from Columbia, Missouri and leaving for Norman.


The temperature in Stillwater today fell just a hair short of 110 degrees, but the Cowboys have still managed to avoid any heat-related problems. Tonight's practice featured two Gatorade breaks where players had the options of cold, wet towels or frozen "ice caps" to facilitate cooling.


Big changes on the offensive line tonight, though it was mostly with the second- and third-team units.

We told you last night that freshman Russell Okung cracked the two-deep last night at left tackle. He was still there tonight, but at a new position - Okung and last night's no. 2 right tackle Marshall Tetsworth swapped sides tonight. Okung took every snap the second team ran in team drills that I saw.

At guard, Steve Denning and Andrew Lawrence again rotated at left guard, though Denning appeared to have noticeably more first-team reps. On the right side, Kurt Seifried took most of the first-team snaps and Noah Franklin was with the twos. True freshman Trent Perkins did see at least one series with the twos while Seifried worked as the No. 2 center and Franklin with the ones at right guard. Interestingly, in a freshman-only session (more on this later), Perkins lined up at right tackle.


As a defensive end, Maurice Cummings has looked solid and particularly big. In tonight's team session, Cummings rotated with Jeray Chatham as Ryan McBean's backup. Cummings has a frame similar to McBean's, so it could be a long-term move. It's probably facilitated by the emergence of true freshman Derek Burton at end. Burton again saw a lot of snaps with the second-team defense tonight.

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