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August 6, 2006

Notes: Freshmen impress early

Hannan visits

Current OSU verbal commitment Jason Hannan was in Stillwater tonight for practice with his dad. Hannan was sporting an OSU t-shirt.

Cox makes a move

The jewel of the 2006 signing class, Perrish Cox, moved into the second-string defense today at field cornerback. Cox also spent time with the first team as the nickle back in passing situations.

More OL changes on Sunday

Right guard is looking settled with Noah Franklin and Trent Perkins. Left guard saw another shakeup tonight as Kurt Seifried split first and second team reps with Andrew Lawrence. Yesterday's first-teamer, Stephen Denning participated in drills, but we never saw him in with the ones or twos. Seifried has been all over the place so far this fall - right guard on day one, RG and center on day two, center on day three and left guard on day four.

Toston looking good

Heading into fall camp, pretty much everyone (coaches included) expected Keith Toston to be lining up at safety within the first week of camp. Sure, Toston was promised a shot at running back, but you know how recruiting promises go, right?

Well, Mike Gundy and his staff followed through on that promise and gave Toston his shot at running back. And he ran with it.

After a breakout performance on Saturday night, the freshman had another solid night on Sunday. He didn't bust any big runs like last night, but did have some nice gains. Perhaps more importantly, he proved willing and able to pick up blitzes from the first-team defense.

He did have a potential big gain going with a nice cut in the backfield that left a lot of open space, but his second cut ran him right in to the chest of tackle Corey Hilliard. Toston dropped like a rock.

Mocco reaches into his bag of tricks

In one-on-one drills, NCAA champion heavyweight Steve Mocco reached back into his bag of wrestling moves to beat Seifried in a pass rush. For those familiar with wrestling, Mocco used something similar to a head snap that resulted in Seifried's facemask meeting the grass. The move got whoops from defensive and offensive linemen alike.

Injury report

After getting hit with a bad cramp in Saturday's practice, running back Mike Hamilton spent the practice with strength coach Rob Glass, as did fullback John Johnson and defensive lineman Jonathan Lewis. The most severe injury to date is Jeremy Broadway. The receiver dislocated his wrist in 11-vs-11 action on Saturday night according to Mike Gundy. Broadway finished practice, but when the wrist continued to ache an x-ray revealed the dislocation. Gundy said he thought the sophomore might be out for a month.

Toward the end of Sunday's practice, junior receiver Anthony Parks pulled up with a leg injury. Gundy said he thought it was a strained quadriceps muscle.

Big play Bobby

Quarterback Bobby Reid started the 7-on-7 session the right way, hooking up with Adarius Bowman for a 30-yard touchdwon on the first play.

Later, in 11-on-11, Reid scrambled his way to a big gain. The end of the play was scary because linebacker Alex Odiari was blocked to the ground and nearly took out Reid's legs from behind. Odiari went from near-goat to hero on the next play when he picked off a Reid screen pass intended for Dantrell Savage.

Rotation set on defensive interior

Defensive line coach Nelson Barnes looks like he has a top four rotation that's nearly carved in stone. Defensive tackle Ryan McBean and nose guard Larry Brown are the starters. They're backed up by Jeray Chatham and Xavier Lawson-Kennedy, respectively. If he continues to develop rapidly, Mocco could certainly see situational snaps at nose guard early in the 2006 season.

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