OSU football notebook: Cowboys look to beat the heat

BY JOHN HELSLEY and JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writers Published: July 25, 2011

With an extended run of 100-degree days and forecasters predicting no relief in sight, OSU coach Mike Gundy is already considering ways to beat the heat.

It starts with morning practices, as Gundy is targeting 9 a.m. as a reasonable start time.

Already, the Cowboys have altered their schedule for voluntary offseason workouts.

“It's miserable,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said of the heat. “We've been working out in the morning; run from 6:30 to 7:30, then go inside and lift. So it's not too, too bad.

“But two or three days a week we go out at 5:30, in the stadium, and that was just too hot. Then we bounced over to the grass fields and that helped a little bit.”

Still, Weeden said they can't afford to avoid the heat.

“On Sept. 3, (when the Cowboys open at home against Louisiana-Lafayette), it's still going to be 100 degrees, so we've got to be ready. And on the turf it's going to be about 120.

“It sucks. It's just one of those things you've got to get used to.”

TICKET TALK

Oklahoma State has another record in its sights.

A year after the Cowboys won a program-record 11 games, they hope to break the school record for season-ticket sales. Athletic director Mike Holder believes the record of 45,694 set in 2009 could be in jeopardy.

“We're on pace to maybe push 50 (thousand),” Holder said. “We like to talk that number up. We figure if you say it enough times, we might have it.”

About 34,000 season tickets have been sold so far, but only 2,000 of those are student tickets. With the start of the fall semester, those sales are expected to jump.

“We hope to sell around 12 (thousand),” Holder said. “But the number that's really important (to breaking the school record) is how many public tickets we sell.”

BLACKMON'S FUTURE

Cowboys wideout Justin Blackmon contemplated bolting to the NFL last winter when he was a redshirt sophomore.



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