Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
A depleted receiving group missing many of its top players was expected to be Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's biggest concern this spring.
But so far, Gundy likes what he sees from a unit that is missing leading receiver Dez Bryant, as well as Bo Bowling, Damian Davis and Artrell Woods. Bryant is recovering from surgery to his left knee. Bowling was suspended after his arrest on drug possession charges. Woods quit the team after horrific weight-lifting accident last summer and Davis was kicked off the team for an unspecified violation of team rules.
The Cowboys are also looking for a replacement for tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who declared early for the NFL draft and is expected to be a first-round draft pick.
The remaining players have shown well early in preseason conditioning drills, Gundy said.
"The wide receiver group has done a nice job," Gundy said. "Hubert Anyiam, Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Isaiah Anderson and some of those younger players. (Tight end Justin) Horton and Jamal Mosley have done a nice job."
The Cowboys began their spring workouts Monday afternoon with a strong returning nucleus on offense except for the receivers. Key players like quarterback Zac Robinson, tailback Kendall Hunter and tackle Russell Okung are back from last season's 9-4 team.
"There's obviously more continuity on the offensive side of the ball right now. And the majority of the staff has been together for a long time. We have a somewhat mature offense," Gundy said. "There will be a certain part of what we do that will be new. But overall, we expect the players to grasp it and be able to execute it next fall."