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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Oklahoma State Puts In Crisp Practice on Day Three of AT&T Cotton Bowl Week

Photo By: Photo by Ian Halperin/CBAA

EULESS, Texas – Arriving a day early to prepare for the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic has helped Oklahoma State regain its sharpness, Head Coach Mike Gundy said Sunday after the team completed its third practice since reporting Friday. The team worked two hours in full pads.

The 13th-ranked Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) have improved with each practice after a short layoff to be with family over Christmas. The sessions at Trinity High School have been closed to the public and media, and concentration has returned quickly as the Pokes get ready for their opponent, eighth-ranked Missouri (11-2, 7-2 SEC).

“I think the players understand the importance of practice and focus,” Gundy said. “We’ve been fortunate that we’ve won a number of games in the last few years and been in big bowl games, so they understand that there’s 3½ hours a day where we have to focus on meetings and practice and then the rest of the time they can enjoy themselves. They enjoy the bowl experience.”

OSU started Sunday’s practice outside and finished inside on a cold, blustery afternoon.

“We had a good practice,” Gundy said. “The players were enthusiastic outside and we moved inside some to work on some offensive schemes in a little bit of a controlled environment since we’re playing indoors.”

Part of the enthusiasm came from younger players, especially those who have redshirted this season and want to prove themselves with the additional work they’re receiving.

“They get, we figure, anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes a day extra than what they would get in a normal week prior to a regular-season game,” Gundy said.

The 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 3 on FOX. Airtime is set for 6:30 p.m. CST with kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Making their fourth appearances as members of FOX’s broadcast crew, Gus Johnson and Charles Davis will describe all the action and will be joined by Kristina Pink reporting from the sideline. FOX is broadcasting the Classic for the 16th consecutive year.

ESPN Radio returns as the Classic’s national radio partner for a second-straight year. Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” will partner with Ed Cunningham offering color commentary and Ian Fitzsimmons adding analysis from the sideline to provide the call of the 78th Classic to hundreds of affiliate stations around the country as well as subscribers of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio in the United States and Canada.

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