Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden calls on several aspects of his professional baseball background as valued learning tools.
Among them: the every-fifth-day approach of a starting pitcher.
"Being a quarterback, workout wise, you kind of prepare throughout the week like you're going to be starting a game, like a pitcher," Weeden said. "To me, that's another thing that makes it easier, that's to my advantage, because I've been there."
Some things, Weeden admits, must be learned.
"I know when you're a pitcher," he said, "you don't get blindsided. That's a little different."
Pac-ing a punch
The Cowboys are 7-10 all-time against teams from the Pac-10, with a loss to Oregon in the 2008 Holiday Bowl the most recent result.
OSU is 4-0, however, in season openers against teams from the Pac-10.
No looking back
It was the week of the opener a year ago when Orie Lemon was lost for the season to a knee injury suffered at practice.
That's hardly Lemon's focus now, as the linebacker said he's full speed ahead in a recovery that leaves him with no lingering affects.
Lemon credits a long, hard summer spent with strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass for bringing him along.
"I'm doing real good," Lemon said. "I've really surprised myself. In the spring, I was a little tentative and everything. I got with coach Glass this whole summer. I came out to camp, and it was like my knee was back normal.
"I'm willing to do anything, take a cut (block) or anything."
OSU players will be sporting a decal on their helmets to honor Bob Fenimore, who died this summer.
Fenimore, known as the Blond Bomber, was OSU's first All-American, and his jersey No. 55 is not in use with the Cowboys.
Fenimore finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1944, after leading the nation in total offense, ranking third in rushing, eighth in passing and ninth in scoring. He still holds the school record with 18 interceptions.