Friday, December 28th, 2007


DALLAS – The No. 24 Arkansas Razorbacks continued preparations for the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a crisp, two-hour practice in sunny conditions at SMU’s Ford Stadium. Arkansas (8-4, 4-4 SEC) will square off against the No. 7 Missouri Tigers (11-2, 7-1 Big 12) in the Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008.

The Hogs worked out in pads and sweats on the two grass fields adjacent to Ford Stadium.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, an offensive lineman on Arkansas’ 1964 national championship team, addressed the Razorback squad for 10 minutes prior to practice. Jones complimented the players on being one of the most physical teams in college football. He also told the team about his memories of the 1965 Cotton Bowl Classic, when Arkansas defeated Nebraska 17-14 to win its only national championship.

Head Coach Reggie Herring, preparing for his first game as a head coach at any level, enjoyed having Jones attend today’s practice and visit with his team.

“We were honored with the presence of Jerry Jones today, and he gave us an impassioned talk,” Coach Herring said. “He gave us a speech from the heart, and you can tell his passion for the Razorbacks runs deep.

“I thought we finished today’s workout very strong,” Coach Herring continued. “We had a very crisp practice. It was great to see (SE) Marcus Monk practice again today, because it’s the first time all year that he’s been able to practice two days in a row.”

Coach Herring did say that some members of the defense are battling a pink-eye virus. DT Marcus Harrison is recovering from it, but DT Fred Bledsoe has one eye swollen shut. Other than the pink-eye virus, the Hogs are in top shape for the game.

Following practice, the Arkansas players visited the Children’s Medical Center. Friday night the Hogs participated in the annual Lawry’s Beef Bowl.

Tomorrow the Razorbacks will practice at Ford Stadium from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Media may obtain video footage in the first 20 minutes of practice; however, practice is CLOSED to the media following the 20-minute video window. The Hogs’ offensive personnel will be available tomorrow at a news conference starting at 1:15 p.m. at the Omni Mandalay Hotel.

The 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be televised nationally on FOX Sports and broadcasted nationally on Westwood One Radio. Kickoff is slated for 10:40 a.m. CST.

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