Heart of Dallas Bowl Notebook

Former Oklahoma State and current Dallas Cowboys linebacker Orie Lemon was looking good dressed in fashion jeans and a pullover top with gold-rimmed sunglasses as he showed up in time for the final 15 minutes of Saturday's practice. Head coach Mike Gundy was able to introduce him to the current Cowboys.

Lemon broke down the Cowboys squad at the end of practice with the call "division champs." Gundy asked Lemon if the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Washington Redskins on Sunday night in Washington if they would be the NFC East Division champs, and if he got a bonus.

Lemon said they would be division champs; and yes, he would get paid extra for it. Gundy said break em down on "division champs."

Other visitors watching practice were OSUI offensive line commitment Zach Crabtree of Mansfield High School, who returned for a second day of practice. Also in attendance was 2013 long snapper recruited walk-on Kaleb Smith from Fort Worth Episcopal.

Matt Mucha, a 2014 offensive line prospect from Houston Clear Lake High School, also watched from the sideline. Mucha is 6-6, 250 pounds.

Blue Man Group at Night
The Cowboys had the option Friday night of seeing one of the top acts in Las Vegas as the Blue Man Group played at The Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas.

Both teams and members of their travel party had the chance to see the showing. The Blue Man Group is an interesting act that produces theatrical shows and concerts featuring experimental music, comedy and multimedia; recorded music and scores for film and television.

All of the organization's performances star a single trio of humanoid characters called Blue Men, played by actor-musicians who all wear bald caps and uniform blue makeup.

Cowboys & Heart of Dallas Bowl Help Fight Hunger
The Heart of Dallas Bowl week experience is not just all about football, and a group of Oklahoma State players proved that following Saturday's practice as nine Cowboys volunteered an hour of their time at the North Texas Food Bank.

The North Texas Food Bank was started in 1982 and provides food for over 100,000 people in 13 counties annually. Over 38,000 volunteers contribute to the program and facility, and the Cowboys did their part at the 72,000-square foot facility Saturday.

"You never know how good you have it until you help somebody else out, and we learned that doing this today and it made us feel good," said OSU wide receiver Isaiah Anderson said. "It's good to represent your school and family in a positive manner. Coach (Mike) Gundy preaches that to us all the time so we just make sure we exemplify that in the community and spread the wealth around."

The Cowboy contingent formed an assembly line to fill sacks for the "Food For Kids" program. The food the players sacked, which included juice boxes, cereal, nuts, fruit and cereal bars, will be put in backpacks and distributed to area schools. The food will help sustain its recipient, who has little or no food available at home, over the weekend until he or she returns to school. The food bank estimates that it fills 11,000 such bags per week.

"It was great that we could do this for the kids," said OSU offensive lineman Lane Taylor. "Any time you can give back to the community, it's a great thing. I've always wanted to give back, and this was a good opportunity to do that. It brings a lot of joy to help others; there's people out there starving, and I know I'm helping them have another meal."

Football Clinic at Bishop Lynch High School
Several Oklahoma State players and coaches participated in a youth football clinic at Bishop Lynch High School. This event was one that the Heart of Dallas Bowl conducts to help underpriviledged children.

"It's a football clinic that some of our players and coaches are putting on for some of the local kids here," said Gundy. "It's great for our guys to be able to get out there and represent Oklahoma State and show kids what opportunities are out there through football. They can be a positive influence on these kids and that is a good thing and something we encourage them to do."

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