August 10, 2006

Notes: Dealing with the heat


Thursday morning's workout was the second of just three two-a-days for Oklahoma State this August. The temperatures were near or over the 100 degree mark by the start of the 10 a.m. workout. That combined with a cloudless sky and little-to-no breeze made the two-hour session probably the hottest of many ultra-hot workouts for the Cowboys. The seven days of practice for OSU have seen seven 100+ degree days, but the Cowboys have had just one instance of a heat-related problem in an athlete (a player who experienced cramps).

Following the workout, head coach Mike Gundy discussed OSU's approach to battling the heat wave. Click here to listen to Gundy's comments.


Freshman defensive lineman Jonathan Lewis spent the first six days of practice on the side with coach Rob Glass working on conditioning. On Thursday morning, Lewis was released from that duty and particpated in defensive line drills. Gundy said it would probably be another week before Lewis was back in the flow of things to really compete.


Glass's group was a bit smaller today, with only guard Noah Franklin, linebacker Delvin James and wide receiver Artie Woods there to start the practice. Franklin and James's ailments are unknown, while Woods appears to be rehabbing a strained quad or hamstring.

Running back Mike Hamilton saw his first action in running back drills in several days. He did return to Glass's corner during the team session, where he ran sprints at about 70% of full speed to continue to work on the strained quad that's kept him out of drills since Monday.


With Franklin out, Kurt Seifried took the full load of first-team reps at right guard and freshman Trent Perkins ran with the twos. Freshman Russell Okung had another solid workout at right tackle and is fast becoming the heir apparent to senior all-conference candidate Corey Hilliard.


Current OSU verbal commitment Jonathan Rush was on hand for the morning session. He watched the offensive line drills intently and appeared to be at least the 6-foot-4 he's listed at in the database.


Quarterback Bobby Reid was solid in team and 7-on-7 drills this morning. He connected on four of six passing attempts and showed good footwork on a couple of scrambles. He did have one interception when a DB made a great play to break up a pass and cornerback Quinton Moore was in the right spot to snag the tip.


After having his reps limited the last three days as a precautionary measure to avoid overworking his surgically-repaired knee, defensive end Nathan Peterson saw extensive action in the team session. Peterson worked with both the first- and second-teams.


Second-team cornerback Quinton Moore continues to impress after switching from safety in the offseason. In addition to the interception mentioned above, Moore jumped a route and picked of quarterback Zac Robinson later in the team session.

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