August 7, 2006

Notes: Walk-ons have impact

Walk-ons move into the depth chart

Well, sort of.

In the Cowboys first team session in full pads, short yardage situations were on the docket. The Cowboy defense went to a 4-4 alignment and walk-on linebacker Zach Carter joined Rodrick Johnson, Chris Collins and Alex Odiari as the first-team linebackers. When the second team came on, 28 year-old walk-on Delvin James was the extra 'backer.

More o-line changes

Every practice session so far this August has seen some sort of change in the offensive line depth chart. Most of it has centered around senior Kurt Seifried, who has been at left guard, right guard and center on different days. After spending yesterday exclusively as the backup center, Seifried worked mostly as the number two right guard today. That move bumped freshman Trent Perkins down to the third team. At left guard, it was back to the Stephen Denning/Andrew Lawrence rotation we've seen more often than not through five practices. Though at one point during the second team session, Denning manned the left side while Lawrence was in at right guard.

There was another change in o-line depth as senior walk-on Marshall Tetsworth worked as the number two right tackle. Freshman Jacob Secrest joined Perkins on the third team.

Injury report

The receiving corps has taken the biggest hit so far. We told you about Jeremy Broadway's dislocated wrist and Anthony Parks injuring his quad in Sunday's workout. Still, it was a bit surprising to see Broadway in a cast and Parks on crutches on Monday night. Broadway's prognosis is still "out for about a month" and head coach Mike Gundy said Parks would probably be out 10-12 days.

Mike Hamilton again spent the practice with coach Rob Glass, rehabbing a slightly pulled leg muscle. Fullback John Johnson and defensive lineman Jonathan Lewis were also with Glass with unknown ailments.

A wild play

Late in the final team scrimmage session, fans were treated to a wild play that had a tipped pass, interception and fumble all in one.

Second-team quarterback Zac Robinson's pass to Seth Newton sailed a bit high and Newton's attempt at a one-handed catch only tipped the ball. It came down to a waiting T.J. Bell, who took off with the easy pick. Another offensive player closed in and stripped the football from Bell and shot it a good distance across the field. Receiver Tevin Williams picked it up and raced down the sideline opposite of the initial play for an offensive touchdown.

Walk-on takes in practice

A young guy full of questions for me at practice turned out being a walk-on who will join the team when the roster expands on the first day of class. B.J. O'Connor is a current OSU student who started his college career at West Point as a high jumper. The 6-5, 195 O'Connor said his personal best in the event was 6-feet, 8-inches.

An amazing sight

We knew it was coming, but it was still amazing to see junior safety Clint Coe going through a drill specifically designed to make him cut hard on his surgically-repaired knee. Depending on how the knee responds to the planting and cutting work, Coe could be cleared to fully participate in practices within days.

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