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OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy gives healthy report

Oklahoman Published: December 28, 2008
Gundy gives healthy report
Asked about the health of his team, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said, "We’re good. (Junior defensive tackle) Swanson Miller twisted an ankle, but returned to practice. He should be able to play in the game. We’ll try to get 20 plays or so out of him. Everybody else is healthy.”

Gundy said he considered tight end Brandon Pettigrew (high ankle sprain) and running back Kendall Hunter (knee)to both be 100 percent.

At Oregon’s practice site on the San Diego State campus, running back Jeremiah Johnson worked out for the first time in a week.

Johnson missed practices with a hamstring injury and a brief illness upon arriving in San Diego Thursday night.

"He’s fine, 100 percent,” Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said of his leading rusher. "I don’t think he had any setbacks. He looked good.”

The Ducks are still without right tackle C.E. Kaiser, who has been battling a flu-like illness and it is not known when he will return. Redshirt freshman Mark Asper is filling in.

Asked if he is comfortable with Asper as a starter, Bellotti said, "Well, we have to be.”

Cowboys move to grass field
With the second straight day of sunny skies, Oklahoma State moved off the artificial turf Saturday morning at the University of San Diego’s practice field and returned to the natural grass of the school’s football stadium, the same type of surface as Qualcomm Stadium, the site of Tuesday’s Holiday Bowl.

Oregon was not allowed to practice on grass at San Diego State and might remain on the FieldTurf practice field for all its workouts.

"Looking at (the grass field), at this time of year, it may not be a great field to practice on,” Bellotti said.


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