Standout quarterback Zac Robinson was held out of practice for the fourth straight day Wednesday. The senior has a slight pull in his lower leg just behind the knee. "He’s doing better,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "We probably won’t work him out until after the scrimmage (on Saturday). One reason is we want to make sure he’s up and running when he gets back. The No. 2 (reason) is this is good teaching and learning experience for these other guys.” Brandon Weeden and Alex Cate are battling for the backup quarterback job. Robinson’s absence has allowed Gundy to get a closer look at both backups and select a clear-cut No. 2.
HAPPY BIRTHDAYThe OSU players and coaches ended practice by singing happy birthday to Gundy, who turned 42 on Wednesday. When asked if he feels any older he said: "Actually I feel a lot younger. I went on a little longer run today just to make myself feel better.”
MOORE MIGHT PLAY AS FRESHMANOne of the early surprises of OSU’s preseason camp has been former Tulsa Union standout Tracy Moore. The receiver has caught the eye of Gundy and his teammates during the first week. "There’s a chance he can play (instead of redshirt),” Gundy said. "He moves well and has very soft hands. It will be interesting when we are hitting to see how he holds up.” Gundy thought there might have been a chance Moore would have to redshirt to prepare his body for Big 12 football. But Moore has made the transition better than expected. And the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has attributes that make utilizing him as a true freshman intriguing. "He has good size,” Gundy said. "He absorbs information, and he’s got very good hands.”
OKUNG IMPRESSED WITH YOUNGSTERSSenior offensive tackle Russell Okung said he’ll be leaving the offensive line in good hands when he moves on after this season. OSU appears to have recruited solid talent with its 2009 offensive line recruits: Brandon Webb, Michael Bowie and Parker Graham. "They kind of remind me of my class,” Okung said. "We have a few guys coming up that have impressed me. I kind of see myself in them.” Other newcomers, Levy Adcock and Anthony Morgan, are junior college transfers who are expected to provide depth for the Cowboys, likely allowing the true freshmen to redshirt.