OSU football notebook: Solid Friday practice at OSU

BY BRANDON CHATMON AND JAKE TROTTER Modified: April 2, 2011 at 4:37 pm •  Published: April 2, 2011

Oklahoma State had a solid practice in near-perfect weather on Friday after Wednesday's scrimmage in cool conditions.

“It was quite a bit warmer than it has been, so that tested the players early,” coach Mike Gundy said. “But they recovered and had a really good workout.”

Gundy singled out quarterback Johnny Deaton, running back Jeremy Smith, defensive tackle Nigel Nicholas, safety Deion Imade and linebacker Caleb Lavey for having strong showings on Friday.

The progress of OSU's young players continues to excite the Pokes' head coach.

“It continues to be an exciting time for me,” Gundy said.

VERSATILE COLLINS COULD HELP THE POKES

OSU was forced to burn the redshirt of Davidell Collins when the Pokes lost both of their starting defensive tackles during the first 15 plays of the 2011 season.

Heading into his sophomore season, the 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive lineman is competing to earn time in the Cowboys defensive line rotation. He moved to defensive end at the beginning of spring after spending his freshman season at defensive tackle.

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