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Posted on: March 16, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Bryant's Pro Day switches wearing thin

Oklahoma State wide receiver is changing his Pro Day date. Again.

Bryant had originally planned to workout for scouts at the Combine. A hamstring injury prevented that.

Scouts had hoped he'd be able to workout at Oklahoma State's Pro Day March 9. Bryant was still recovering from the injury.

Bryant re-scheduled the Pro Day for March 25, the same day as Oklahoma's Sam Bradford's personal workout. Now that Bradford has changed his Pro Day date to lessen the conflict with the NFL Owners' Meetings, Bryant is switching his workout again.

Except this time, Oklahoma State isn't willing to help out. And that could be big trouble for Bryant's stock with NFL teams.

According to Adam Schefter's report here, Bryant and his representatives attempted to schedule a Pro Day on the Oklahoma State campus for March 30 - the day after Sam Bradford's workout and the day before the dozens of NFL scouts are expected to travel south to Austin, Texas for Colt McCoy and the rest of the Longhorns' Pro Day.

The Oklahoma State athletic department, however, refused to allow Bryant to schedule another Pro Day on campus. Remember, this is a football program, whose head coach, Mike Gundy, had previously been unabashedly supportive of his players.

That Gundy and the OSU athletic program are not willing to help their former All-American receiver will be interpreted by some as proof Bryant, while incredibly talented, isn't worth the trouble.

That perception could lead a player with top ten talent to tumble down the draft board come April.
Posted on: March 8, 2010 6:45 pm
 

Dez Bryant pushes back Pro Day from Wed to 25th

Wednesday's Oklahoma State Pro Day is quickly losing its luster.

Head coach Mike Gundy announced over the weekend via a radio interview that cornerback Perrish Cox would not be allowed to work out at the Cowboys' Pro Day.

Now, this report from ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that wide receiver Dez Bryant won't be able to work out Wednesday either.

Bryant's inability to work out Wednesday isn't altogether surprising. He had previously cited a pulled hamstring as to why he wasn't able to run and perform drills at the Combine just two weeks ago.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect about Bryant's decision not to work out is the date in which his new Pro Day is planned -- March 25 -- the same day scouts will be flocking to see Sam Bradford throw.

Bryant had better hope he gives scouts plenty of time to leave Bradford's work out before coming to his. There is little doubt which of the two workouts will generate the most interest.

It is approximately a two hour drive from Norman, Oklahoma to Stillwater.
Posted on: March 5, 2010 12:48 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2010 12:29 pm
 

CB Perrish Cox barred from Oklahoma State Pro Day

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy will not allow star cornerback Perrish Cox to work out at the team facilities for NFL scouts during the Cowboys' Pro Day March 10.

Gundy announced as much publicly during a radio interview yesterday with Al Jerken on the Sports Animal Tulsa network.

Gundy's decision continues a stunning fall from grace for the former All-Big 12 star.

Cox was suspended due to two separate curfew violations while the team prepared in Dallas for the Alamo Bowl against Mississippi. He was not allowed to participate in the bowl game.

Making matters worse, during his session with the media, Cox characterized the questions he received from NFL teams about his suspension from the Cowboys as being "harassed." Cox's term wasn't a slip of the tongue; he repeated the word several times to describe his Q and A sessions with teams.

Cox furthermore hurt his chances with clubs by coming in much slower than expected during drills. Considered one of the top corners in the nation and a big play returner (six career touchdown returns), Cox was timed in the high 4.5s to low 4.6s in the 40-yard dash.

Apparently, he'll need to find another location if he is to work out for scouts prior to the draft. Considering his characterization of their questions, it is difficult to believe scouts will be willing to go out of their way to see him again.

It's too bad. Cox is a talented player worthy of first round consideration. At this point, however, it is questionable if he'll make the second or even third round.

I've spoken to teams who have discussed removing him off their draft board entirely.



Posted on: December 30, 2009 1:02 pm
 

Hardy in, now Okung out?

In my last post, I highlighted what I expect to be the best one on one battle between highly rated senior prospects of the bowl season with Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung lining up opposite Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy.

Hardy's inability to remain healthy made the dream matchup appear to be just a tease, until it was announced that Hardy had deemed himself 100% recovered from the wrist surgery and ankle injuries that had robbed him of his senior season.

Now, it might be Okung who is unable to suit up due to injury.

The Tulsa World is reporting that Okung suffered a knee injury during the closed practice held at Cowboy Stadium. Head coach Mike Gundy did not sound as if he knew the extent of the injury at his press conference following the practice, offering only "I really can't even comment on it..."

Okung, the veteran of 46 consecutive starts for the Cowboys, has been NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior offensive tackle all year long.

The link to the Tulsa World article is here.
Posted on: November 28, 2009 2:11 pm
 

Sooners recipients of three early blown calls

The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry is known throughout collegiate sports as the Bedlam series. For three critical plays in the first half of this 103rd meeting between the Sooners and Cowboys' football teams, the moniker certainly applied.

Oklahoma State had the early momentum in this contest and seemed ready to capitalize on it with forced fumbles on back to back plays in the first quarter. On each play, Sooner receivers caught the pass, took two steps and had the ball forcibly removed from their hands. Both plays would have given the Cowboys the ball in Sooner territory. The Sooners, however, retained possession after both plays. Then, only moments into the second quarter, Sooner running back DeMarco Murray appeared to soar out of bounds as he leapt towards the endzone.

The first play, which came on second down, was initially ruled a fumble by wide receiver Dejuan Miller, with the Cowboys recovering the ball. The play was shockingly reversed by the booth. Soon after, a pass from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles was called incomplete immediately, though replay proved that Broyles caught the pass and had the ball forced out. With the whistle having been blown immediately, the Cowboy contigent running down the field was stopped.

Allowed an opportunity to punt, the Sooners took great advantage, as Trent Way booted a career-long 74 yarder, dropping the Cowboys back to their own 7-yard line.

On Murray's touchdown -- which gave the Sooners a 10-0 lead, the referee appeared ready to mark the ball at the one, but changed his mind and ruled the play a touchdown. Though the replay cleary showed Murray was at least a yard out of bounds as he crossed the endzone, the booth ruled the play should stand as called. 

Talk about your home-field advantage...

With a victory over the Sooners, Oklahoma State still has a chance for at an-large berth in a BCS game. The Sooners, on the other hand, at 6-5, are fighting to keep Bob Stoops' string of non-losing seasons intact.

Considering the great ramifications of this game, one would hope better officiating will ensue.

Posted on: October 7, 2009 4:49 pm
 

Say it ain't so, Dez

Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Dez Bryant, arguably the best draft-eligible prospect at his position in the country, has been ruled ineligible by the university, reportedly for accepting property from an ex-NFL player.

The university broke the news by releasing a statement announcing his suspension. The partial statement is as follows:

Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible for a violation of NCAA bylaw 10.1(d). Oklahoma State University has already begun the process of applying to the NCAA on his behalf for reinstatement. This incident does not involve anyone associated with the OSU football or athletic department staffs, any employee of the university, alumni, donors, or any third-party affiliated with OSU. OSU is taking this step because Bryant failed to openly disclose to the NCAA the full details of his interaction with a former NFL player not affiliated with OSU.

As part of their statement, the university also released a comment from Bryant:

"I made a mistake by not being entirely truthful when meeting with the NCAA. I sincerely regret my mistake and apologize to my teammates, coaches, OSU fans and the NCAA."
Despite former Texas Tech (and new San Francisco 49er) wideout Michael Crabtree earning most of the national attention, Bryant led the conference with 1, 480 receiving yards. His 19 touchdown receptions and sparkling 17.0 yard per catch average also led the Big 12. Through three games this season, Bryant was on pace to better his numbers, having posted 17 catches for 323 yards (19.0 YPC!) and 4 scores.

NFL scouts contacted with news of the story reserved comment until the details had been sorted out. Bryant reportedly had accepted property, including autmobiles, from a former NFL player. The speculation was that Bryant was given the property as a potential retainer for signing with an agent after this, his junior season.

The NCAA has the option to review Bryant's case and reinstate him. The early buzz, however, is that this isn't likely to happen given the grievous nature of the infractions. If suspended indefinitely, Bryant could sign with an agent, as he'll likely elect to declare himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft.

NFL teams certainly would question Bryant about his improper dealings, but as we saw last year with former Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith (who was suspended for the Sugar Bowl due to similar charges), teams are often willing to overlook these indiscretions. 
Posted on: September 1, 2009 10:56 pm
 

Oklahoma State CB Perrish Cox arrested last week

With only a few days before Oklahoma State opens their season against Georgia in one of the biggest games of the weekend, the Cowboys' best defensive player was arrested.

Cornerback and return-extraordinaire Perrish Cox was stopped last week for speeding and then found to be driving with a suspended licence, which caused his arrest and carries a $240.00 fine.

Head coach Mike Gundy chose to ignore requests for comment other than to say, "We will handle all things internally." Cox is expected to remain as a starter for the Cowboys against Georgia and sensational sophomore A.J. Green Saturday.

Cox, 6-0 and 195 pounds, has the size, speed and overall athleticism to emerge as the nation's top senior cornerback prospect. While much of the Big XII has struggled with pass defense, Cox has steadily developed into a shut-down corner, posting 21 pass breakups over the past three seasons, including 6 interceptions. Of course, he's known more for his return skills to this point than his pass defense. With over 2,600 return yards and 5 combined touchdowns (4 on kickoffs, 1 on a punt), he, along with Alabama's Javier Arenas, ranks as the country's most formidable special teams weapon.

He'll need to make better decisions off the field, however, if he is to take advantage of his obvious athleticism.



 
 
 
 
 
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