When Blake Jackson arrived at OSU in the spring as the top receiving junior college tight end in the country, coach Mike Gundy's hope was to use him as both an inside receiver and a tight end attached to the line of scrimmage.
But when certain drills during practice overlapped — Jackson would work on blocking for the running game while receivers were doing 1-on-1 routes — coaches determined it hindered his development as a pass-catcher, where he could most help the Cowboys immediately.
As a result, Jackson dropped 20 pounds during the summer and will work exclusively as an inside receiver this season.
“When he didn't make that progress (as a tight end),” offensive coordinator Todd Monken said, “you're sitting there going, ‘All right, we've got to cut bait somewhere, and how much are we going to use a tight end?' If we want to utilize him where he's going to play, then we better get him playing that and losing weight.
“We didn't have time now that we came back to camp to just (say), ‘Let's try it out (at tight end.)' It was over with. He's either going to make it as an inside receiver, and we'll try again in the spring and go from there.”
CHARLIE MOORE IN MIX TO RETURN PUNTS
Count Charlie Moore as a player now in contention to return punts for the Cowboys this season.
The wide receiver with reliable hands and speed took reps there during Saturday's scrimmage, as OSU continues to search for a replacement for Josh Cooper.
“I'm kind of getting the hang of it,” said Moore, who estimated he returned two punts in high school. “I've got a lot to practice on, got a lot of reps to take, but hopefully I can get it together. I'm excited about it.”
David Glidden, who has been held out of practice recently after getting a pin taken out of his ankle last month, is listed atop the preseason depth chart at punt returner. Dynamic kick returner Justin Gilbert is also an option. So is Josh Stewart, but he muffed several punt return chances during the spring finale.
OSU ranked 115th in the nation in punt returns last season, averaging 3.43 yards per return.
COWBOYS GO TO THE MOVIES
Rather than holding their final scheduled two-a-day practice, the Cowboys spent Friday night seeing the movie “The Campaign” as a group.
“A couple good laughs for the team,” Moore said. “It was a nice little break. Just to get to hang out with the guys off the field as a team, we always have a good time.”
Invading the Stillwater movie theater is also a common ritual for the Cowboys before every home game.