By Scott Wright
We’re still two days away from turning the calendar to August, but only one day away from Cowboy football practice. I can’t tell you how much that excites me.
To get you primed, here are a few thoughts on what to watch for over the next week or so both on the field and in The Oklahoman.
Thursday’s paper will tell you why coach Mike Gundy is stressing the need to find a backup quarterback so quickly. It might seem odd at first thought, but figuring out who will back up Zac Robinson really is a pressing need when you have two guys who haven’t taken a meaningful snap.
Along with that, I’ll break down a few of the QB recruits Gundy and Co. are chasing for 2009. And yes, Tyrik Rollison of Sulphur Springs, Texas, is on the top of the list.
Later this week, we’ll talk to Brandon Pettigrew about a variety of subjects — what he learned from his run-in with the law, his thoughts on the NFL and the upcoming season.
In my opinion, one of the most interesting subjects to keep an eye on throughout August will be redshirt freshman defensive end Richetti Jones. He was one of the top defensive ends in the country and the gem of Gundy’s 2007 recruiting class, but will he live up to expectations?
He’s a gifted player, but Gundy told me “he’ll get his butt kicked” by Big 12 opponents this year. So camp will be important for Jones as he tries to figure out how to capitalize on his talents.
Another interesting figure to follow over the next few weeks will be Guthrie product Kye Staley. Some believe his future is at another position, likely in the secondary. It’s Staley’s choice to start camp as a running back, even though there are three talented ones ahead of him. But down the road, it might not be too bad. Should he redshirt this year, he’d be a freshman when Keith Toston and Beau Johnson are seniors. Then, the future of the position might be more solidified than if he moved to DB.
Thursday’s first practice kicks off at 4:45 p.m. and the first hour or so is open to fans. Same goes for Friday and Sunday. Saturday’s practice will be open from start to finish. But you’ll have to set your alarm clock. It begins at 8:15 a.m. and should end around 10:30.