The Oklahoma State football team returned to practice Tuesday after getting Sunday and Monday off.
The Cowboys returned to temperatures in the 70s and intermittent light rain and, according to coach Mike Gundy, practiced well in what can often be a sluggish workout after the start of classes.
"We had fresh legs, and the temperature was perfect for the players," Gundy said. "We had a good workout today. The weather certainly helped.
"The couple days off freshened them up a bit. And their attitudes are good."
Said wide receiver Tracy Moore: "The weather was almost perfect. Couldn't ask for better. Once you go through that hard camp and everybody's tired, you come out here and it feels good and everyone's more motivated, you can breathe better and it helps you get back in the groove."
Several Cowboys made the most of Monday's day off by breaking out the clubs for a round at Lakeside Golf Course.
Much to quarterback Brandon Weeden's pleasure, his game hasn't deteriorated with all the attention on football.
"Shot 77. I felt good," Weeden said. "We had a little sixsome. I hit the ball well. Hit the driver better than I hit it all summer I think."
Good enough to tease him, too.
"I was shooting well, then I went bogey, par, bogey to finish," Weeden said. "Didn't play very well at the end."
Hunter With CLASS
Cowboys running back Kendall Hunter has been named one of 30 Football Bowl Subdivision players nominated for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
The award recognizes athletes who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Hunter was a second-team Academic All-Big 12 pick a year ago, after finishing on the President's Honor Roll for a 4.0 grade point average in 2008 and 2009. He's also a two-time recipient of the Oklahoma State Academic Achievement Award and a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Outside of school, Hunter has helped with the Harvest II Food Drive, made visits to see pediatric cancer patients in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and spoken on leadership and hard work at high schools in Oklahoma and Texas.
The list of candidates will be cut to 10 midway through the season, with those names placed on the official ballot. Lowe's will announce the award winner at the end of the regular season.
Talk of defensive dominance followed Saturday's major scrimmage.
Not all that surprisingly.
The Cowboys were without Hunter (out of town attending a funeral), who changes everything as both a player and a threat. The line was without Lane Taylor, the only returning starter up front, who continues to sit out while healing from a left ankle injury.
And, most of all, the defense is essentially cheating at this point.
"If we ran 50 plays," Weeden said, "I bet (linebacker Justin) Gent screamed out 25 of them. He was like, 'Watch this, watch this...' And he hit it right on the nose.
"It's going to be harder for other teams."
Weeden did credit the Cowboys' defense for "flying around," and it's been an impressive group so far.
"They look good," he said. "Hats off to them."