Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has often shied away from mentioning specific players when asked about the progress the Cowboys have made during the preseason.
But during Thursday's press conference, when asked about little-known Cowboys who could contribute significantly in 2013, Gundy bit.
His list? Receivers Jhajuan Seales, Brandon Sheperd and David Glidden, defensive ends Sam Wren and Jimmy Bean and cornerback Tyler Patmon.
“Which means that they've been good up to this point,” Gundy said. “But I'm sure Mississippi State could care less. They've taken care of their side (during camp), and they've put themselves in position to make some plays.”
GRAHAM, BARNETT ENJOYING BATTLES IN TRENCHES
With Cowboy offensive lineman Parker Graham playing more guard during the spring and fall, he's gotten a fair amount of 1-on-1 matchups with defensive tackle Calvin Barnett.
So far, Graham says he's benefitted from going against the guy he calls “the best defensive tackle in the Big 12, as far as I'm concerned.”
“I know that coming every day, I'm going to need to pack my lunch pail and go to work,” Graham said. “I hope he feels the same way about me, because we definitely like pushing each other.
“At the beginning of spring and at the beginning of fall camp, we told each other, ‘It's time to go. It's time to work.' We're going to make each other better, because at the end of the day, if we're pushing each other every day in practice, there's nobody we're gonna see that's gonna be better than us.”
Barnett echoed that Graham is a tough competitor on the interior, adding that Brandon Webb and Chris Grisbhy also give him a challenge.
“They're all just strong, real strong,” Barnett said. “I just look at them like, ‘Yep, I won't tangle up with y'all.'”