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High Noon Highlights 8/9: Cowboys may play 2 quarterbacks

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A Two Quarterback System?

Coach Mike Gundy said a two quarterback system is a possibility

During last week’s OSU media day, this was among the first questions pitched to Gundy: “At what point in preseason camp will you consider it absolutely necessary to identify a starter?”

“We might not,” Gundy replied. “We might play two. If you were at practice today, you’d say, ‘Play two.’ They were both pretty good.

“I know people say that if you can’t name one, you don’t have any. I don’t see that.” Tulsa World

High Expectations for Amen Ogbongbemiga

The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright described how Ogbongbemiga will have a significant impact at the Cowboy’s thin linebacker position.

The middle linebacker position was never one of concern for Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles last season.

At the time, Justin Phillips was entering his senior year and had proven his reliability.

That afforded Knowles the opportunity to look to the future at that position. And it started with Amen Ogbongbemiga.

“From the time I arrived, knowing Justin was only gonna be here for a year, I pointed at Amen as a guy who was smart, could learn the system, and then could manage it,” Knowles said. “So I’ve been pretty hard on him for a year to be ready.”

At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Ogbongbemiga is a redshirt junior who was valuable on special teams as a freshman, then added some backup work at linebacker a year ago.

He’s ideally suited for the middle linebacker spot (Knowles’ 4-2-5 defense has a middle linebacker and an outside, or weakside, linebacker). The Oklahoman

NFL Preseason: Justice Hill Leads Ravens in Rushing and Mason Rudolph Getting Comfortable

Hill had 33 yards rushing and 16 receiving and showed early signs of fitting well with Baltimore’s system.

Watching Justice Hill in a Baltimore Ravens uniform wasn’t as weird as I thought it might be. The 5-10, 200 pound Hill looks good in purple and black and with former Tulsa Washington and Oklahoma State teammate edge rusher and linebacker Jordan Brailford back on the shelf in Washington after re-injuring his groin that kept him out of the start of training camp, Hill was the only drafted rookie from the Cowboys to play in the first full week of NFL preseason action.

”Hill shows a little of that speed we know he has,” said Ravens play-by-play voice Gerry Sandusky on Hill’s second quarter carry where he used a burst to get five-yards when it looked like he might not turn the corner. “Hill has run a 4.4 and he has that really sensational speed.” 247sports

Mason Rudolph is much more comfortable and looks to take the second-string job in Pittsburgh

“I try to make it hard on myself but it is getting easier,” Rudolph said. “Second year with experience helps with a lot of things. I’m not as hesitant. There were some times last year I was too (hesitant) based on not having a complete feel for protection and routes. I’m ripping it and letting it go and am very aggressive now.”

Ripping it can lead to the occasional mistake, and he has thrown his share of interceptions. But Rudolph almost embraces those miscues, because of his play-the-next-play mentality. A few times he has followed a mistimed throw with a downfield gain or a touchdown in 11-man work. ESPN

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