Punter/Kickoff Specialist Quinn Sharp and snapper Marc Yerry did not make the trip to San Antonio and will miss the Alamo Bowl against Arizona on Dec. 29 after failing to meet academic requirements.
â€œThey didn't pass six hours,â€ Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said.
Lou Groza Award winner Dan Bailey, the Pokes' senior kicker, will fulfill all the kicking duties, including kickoffs. It is unknown who will replace Sharp as the primary punter.
â€œDan or (Michael) Richenstein will do the punting,â€ Gundy said after the Cowboys first practice in San Antonio. â€œWe worked on that today.â€
Bailey has been listed as Sharp's backup at punter for the majority of the year. Richenstein is a redshirt freshman punter from Dallas. Freshman Andrew Suter is listed as Yerry's backup and will likely replace the junior snapper.
The Cowboys participated in their first practice at Alamo Heights High School on Wednesday night.
BREWER LEAVES SAN ANTONIO
Receivers coach Gunter Brewer had to leave San Antonio shortly after the Cowboys arrived due to his mother's death.
â€œWe got here and got settled in, and he got a phone call, so he and his family are headed to Mississippi to be with family,â€ Gundy said.
It's unknown when Brewer will return.
BLACKMON IS â€˜CLOSE TO 100 PERCENT'
Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon expects to be 100 percent for the Alamo Bowl after battling an ankle injury since late November. The Cowboys receiver was named the nation's top receiver after catching 102 passes for 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns.
â€œI'm feeling really good, real close to 100 percent,â€ Blackmon said. â€œBy game time, it should be 100 percent.â€
Blackmon injured his left ankle against Kansas on Nov. 20 but fought through the pain to catch eight passes for 105 yards and one touchdown against Oklahoma on Nov. 27. He missed several of the Cowboys initial bowl practices while his ankle was in a boot but returned to practice last week.
â€œI've been practicing for a week now, I probably have five practices under my belt,â€ he said. â€œI hated sitting there on that bike. That's no fun especially with (strength) coach (Rob) Glass.â€
SOLID FIRST PRACTICE
The Cowboys had a solid practice, even though they were on the practice field just hours after arriving in San Antonio.
â€œWe looked pretty good,â€ quarterback Brandon Weeden said. â€œOur tempo was pretty good, we had fresh legs and a lot of enthusiasm, which is pretty good because it was a long day with everybody traveling.â€
OSU is beginning to get more into its game week-type of preparation. The Cowboys and Wildcats are less than a week away from game day.
â€œWe kind of narrowed our game plan down a lot today, too,â€ Weeden said. â€œSo we have a feel for what we are going to do offensively. It was nice to get going again.â€
OSU is scheduled to hold a closed practice at noon today.