Tracy Moore's best assets, through perception, have always been his size and his hands.
The big-bodied Moore never conjures up the image of a speed-burner. For that, look to Isaiah Anderson, the wide receiver flanking Moore on the opposite side of the field.
Speed, however, can be relative, says Cowboys receivers coach Kasey Dunn.
“Tracy is a big body with good speed,” Dunn said. “He's fast – not Isaiah Anderson fast – but when you're 6-2 and 220 pounds and you can move like he moves, it's really a challenge defensively to try and stop a guy like that.
“You can't put somebody on him who is undersized, because he's going to pound right through the guy. And you can't put somebody on him who is a little bigger, but doesn't have the foot speed, because then he'll run by you.
“He's got a lot of things working for him athletically. And he's done a nice job. He's another guy who's caught everything in camp.”
CBS SPORTS LISTS JOSEPH RANDLE AS HEISMAN DARKHORSE
In the season of lists and predictions before college football begins, the typical names being thrown out as Heisman candidates include USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, among others.
But this week, CBS sports listed 10 dark horse contenders to take home the award, including OSU running back Joseph Randle.
Randle, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards and scored 26 total touchdowns last season, comes into 2012 as perhaps the Big 12's top running back.
Also included on the list are Alabama running back Eddie Lacey, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier, Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell, Texas A&M running back Christine Michael, Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon and Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor.
GUNDY HAPPY FOR COOLER TEMPERATURES
After weeks of blistering hot summer days, the Cowboys have received a bit of a weather reprieve during morning practices in recent days, with temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s.
OSU coach Mike Gundy has welcomed the change, both for his team and his plants back home.
“It's beautiful,” Gundy said following Tuesday's practice. “It's like living on the coast. It was really nice. We've got, I think, only one more day of 90-something (degrees), and then we're going to get some decent weather here for the trees and grass.”
GRAD ASSISTANT LINDER WORKING WITH SPECIAL TEAMS
Gundy announced before fall camp that new graduate assistant Ty Linder would handle most of all of the duties normally delegated to a special teams coordinator.
That has indeed been the case throughout practice, but Gundy would not give Linder that specific title.
“Ty is doing a lot of our special teams,” Gundy said. “He's not necessarily the special teams coordinator, but he's working on several of our units.”
OSU lost its special teams coordinator when longtime assistant coach Joe DeForest left Stillwater to become the defensive coordinator at West Virginia.