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OSU notebook: Wilson Youman a two-way throwback

BY JOHN HELSLEY Staff Writer jhelsley@opubco.com Published: August 16, 2011

For much of his Cowboys career, Wilson Youman has been shuffled back and forth between offense and defense.

And so it goes again — every day in practice.

Youman is going both ways, playing tight end and defensive end, and should be a contributor on each side of the ball. And in a nod to his improvement, OSU coach Mike Gundy had the equipment crew cut a special practice jersey for the senior, one side white, one side orange, split vertically between the numbers.

“I had them make him a special jersey, because he's been busting his butt,” Gundy said. “You know, it took Wilson two years to grow up. But now he's practicing hard. He's going to rush the passer on third downs. He's going to play some on offense. He's buying in.”

The look is a hit.

“That jersey's awesome,” said quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Said Gundy: “Wilson's gotten a kick out of it. The kids have, too. They told Weeden to throw the ball on the offensive side of the jersey, not his defensive side. Things like that can help make a team go, give them something to have fun with.”

ROUGH STRETCH

The Cowboys are into a rugged run of preseason camp, with three two-a-day practices scheduled this week.

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