Saturday, December 29th, 2007


IRVING, TEXAS – The No. 7 Missouri Tigers held an enthusiastic two-hour workout in pads and sweats at Texas Stadium for their third practice in Dallas for the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

“I thought we had a good practice,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel. “That was about our 87th practice, very close to it, since spring football. So we’ve gotten a lot of practice in.”

The practice session focused on position and situational drills and closed with a Mizzou postseason tradition of a Future Bowl which is a 15-minute scrimmage featuring redshirt players and underclassmen who have not received much playing time during the season.

It will be the Tigers’ veteran starters that will have to lead the team against a tough Southeastern Conference opponent in Arkansas. Mizzou holds a 16-7-1 record all-time vs. SEC competition. The last time Mizzou met an SEC team in a bowl game was the 2005 Independence Bowl versus South Carolina. In that game, the Tigers staged the biggest comeback in school history (21 points) to secure a 38-31 victory.

“I like to think we match up with (Arkansas),” said Pinkel. “They’ve got great speed like most SEC teams. We’ve got great respect for that league. I think when you look at most SEC teams you look at teams that run well. I think they will run well on both sides of the football and have great athletes.”

Among those in attendance at practice were two Missouri alums: Terry McMillan, starting quarterback for the Tigers’ 1969 Big 8 Championship and 1970 Orange Bowl team, who now resides in Plano, and Jose Gutierrez, President/CEO of AT&T Southwest, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1984 and a Master’s degree in 1985, both in accounting.

The Tigers’ practice on Sunday and team walk-through at Cotton Bowl Stadium on Monday are CLOSED to the media.

“Tomorrow is our Thursday practice. That’s real important to us because it kind of gets at our players thinking in the mode that they have to be in preparation for the game.”

Missouri takes on Arkansas in the 72nd AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 1. Kickoff is slated for 10:40 a.m. CST. FOX Sports will televise the game nationally and Westwood One will handle the national radio broadcast.

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