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OSU football notebook: Outside or inside? Doesn't matter for Cowboy receivers

Oklahoma State needs a ton of receivers in this version of the Air Raid spread offense.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 14, 2013

ESPN/ABC often tries to schedule a marquee game on Labor Day night to celebrate the opening week of college football. And more often than not the last decade, Florida State has been the prime attraction.

Florida State plays at Pittsburgh on Labor Day night this year. The Seminoles also played on Labor Day in 2009 (home against Miami), 2007 (at Clemson), 2006 (at Miami) and 2005 (home against Miami).

OSU, like most schools, prefers to play all Saturday games but grudgingly has given in for several Thursday night games, for reasons of national exposure and fulfilling Big 12 contract obligations. However, a game away from Stillwater does not carry the same burden.

"To be honest, we haven't even talked about it," said OSU associate athletic director Dave Martin. "To my knowledge, nobody has even thrown that out there. We've never spoken about it."

OSU's schedule for 2014 posts Florida State on Aug. 30, Missouri State on Sept. 6 and Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 13.

"The things you look into are, what's the accessibility for your fans to make it to a game," Martin said. "How does that affect them going to a game and making it to work the next day? What does your coach think about it? If they're playing FCS (a Division I-AA opponent the next week), they might be interested in it. If you had a pretty tough nonconference game, they might not be fired about it."


OSU players and coaches talked extensively this week about “the grind,” a critical stretch of fall camp where players must push through physical and mental fatigue.

That includes continuing to roll out of bed for early morning practices. The Cowboys have a system set up where they call teammates to make sure they haven't slept through their alarm clocks.

Receiver Tracy Moore proclaims he's the best at the job.

“That would definitely be me,” he said. “I've got a list of like six people I call every morning.”

Who's the biggest sleepyhead?

“I called Calvin (Barnett) twice (Tuesday) morning to make sure he's up,” Moore said.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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