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OSU football notebook: Cowboys get physical, finally

Past the point of mandatory shorts and helmet practices, Oklahoma State packed some pop into Wednesday's practice, working in full pads on the practice field.
by John Helsley Published: March 28, 2012
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MOORE EXPANDING ROLES

With OSU in transition at wide receiver, there's a call for playmakers to emerge.

Rising senior Tracy Moore promises to be one. And he sees himself doing more, too.

“I want to be the leader of this offense,” Moore said. “We have inexperienced players at quarterback and at receiver — other than Josh Stewart and Isaiah Anderson — so I want to be that senior leader that Coach Gundy is always talking about.”

GILBERT STILL BATTLING

Last year, cornerback Justin Gilbert and wideout Justin Blackmon pushed each other in practices, taking pride in their individual matchups, with each player claiming their share of wins in classic clashes.

While Blackmon is gone, Gilbert vows to continue the same routine opposite whoever lines up across from him.

“I want to pick up where I left off during the season, working hard and making the most of the opportunity I had the last couple of years in working with and competing against Justin Blackmon,” Gilbert said. “Now, the role is going to switch a little bit with me and the receivers, as far as them working with and competing against me.

“Really, we all just want to get better. You can't really cheat the system. You have to show up every day and work hard. If you don't, you're just cheating yourself and the team.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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