OSU football notebook

Modified: August 5, 2008 at 12:48 am •  Published: August 5, 2008
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/> •Looking for another RB: True freshman Travis Miller, a 5-foot-9, 189-pounder from Marlin, Texas, was used as the third-team running back Monday with junior Keith Toston temporarily sidelined by a knee injury.

Sophomore Kendall Hunter continues to run with the first team, and junior-college transfer Beau Johnson has been his backup. Kye Staley, a true freshman from Guthrie, was the fourth-team running back in Monday's practice.

Toston is expected back in a little more than a week, but even with the depth, coach Mike Gundy hasn't ruled out using one of his freshmen this season.

"Kye and Travis are alternating, but Travis is maybe a little further ahead of him right now,” Gundy said. "We'll probably have to play a freshman running back some in the rotation.

"A lot of it depends on how healthy those guys stay.”

•No Oklahoma Drill around here: Monday's workout was the first in full pads for the Cowboys. The day ended with what Gundy called "a toughness drill,” in which a pair of players go head-to-head between two tackling dummies, running and hitting each other while trying to drive the other backward.

"We let some of the younger players go against each other and line up and hit some,” Gundy said. "There was a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of collisions.”

By Scott Wright

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