OSU finished its two-a-day workouts Thursday, just two days after the first. With school due to start Monday, the Cowboys were limited to just the pair of two-a-day practice days this preseason. Zac Robinson missed them all. The quarterback, suffering from a hamstring pull, was held out of action for the fifth straight day and will sit out Saturday’s major scrimmage, mostly as a precaution. Coach Mike Gundy will use the scrimmage to further monitor a battle between backup quarterbacks Alex Cate and Brandon Weeden that has so far produced no leader. "Zac could practice tomorrow, but I don’t want him to,” Gundy said. "There’s no reason to. I want those backups to have to run the offense.” Robinson will bide his time until cleared to return. "I feel a little better,” he said. "It’s getting better every day. I’ll be ready to go whenever they tell me to. "I know by game time I’ll be ready.” Senior running back Beau Johnson sat out Thursday’s evening workout with a foot injury, but he is expected to practice today.
COVER ’BOYSOSU’s place on one of four Sports Illustrated College Football Preview regional covers continues to create a buzz in Stillwater. And beyond? Magazines featuring Robinson and center Andrew Lewis were shipped to 10 states, including the recruiting hotbed of Texas. Gundy wonders if the impact might extend beyond athletics. "It’ll be a great marketing feature for our university,” Gundy said. "You always hear comments around the country that when a football or basketball team does really well, enrollment goes up the following year. "I would have to think it’s a great marketing opportunity for our university.”
Sporting News gives Cowboys Even MORE PUBWhile the Cowboys went front and (under) center for SI, the Sporting News football preview hit the stands this week, recognizing an OSU trio on its All-American team. Sporting News tabbed cornerback/returner Perrish Cox, running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Dez Bryant on its 26-man All-American squad. Tackle Russell Okung was named to the All-Big 12 team. The magazine predicts OSU to finish 10-2 overall, 6-2 and third in the Big 12. An odd prediction creates a season bookend of games, with the Cowboys facing Georgia in the Cotton Bowl. OSU was also involved in a number of "Best of the Big 12” categories: →Best chance to upset Texas: Oklahoma State →Best matchup: OSU’s backs and receivers vs. Oklahoma’s back seven. →Best quarterback protector: Okung →Best play: Any Oklahoma State offensive snap.