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Monday, December 28th, 2009

NINETEEN METROPLEX COWBOYS EXCITED ABOUT CLASSIC

The No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) continued preparations for the 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour practice in full pads at new Cowboys Stadium. OSU will face Ole Miss in the Classic on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Head coach Mike Gundy was happy with his squad’s work today.

“We had a good practice. They were very enthusiastic,” Gundy said. “The players are focused and that’s important. Their spirit was good and they moved around well.”

The Pokes boast 19 players from the Metroplex, making this a special homecoming for those players. Gundy realizes the importance of playing in a game like this in North Texas.

“It’s great for us to play here,” Gundy said. “This is a recruiting hotbed for us, and for the young men interested in Oklahoma State, it’s good for them to see us here. It’s tremendous for the future of our program.”

OSU freshman right guard Lane Taylor, a native of Arlington where he played at North High School, is excited about the opportunity to play in his home town in the tradition-rich Classic.

“It’s really exciting,” Taylor said. “I always grew up watching the (Dallas) Cowboys and to actually play in the stadium, in their new stadium, is really cool.”

This evening the Cowboys will attend a function at The Main Event Entertainment complex in Grapevine, where they will enjoy a variety of games and other attractions.

Tomorrow Oklahoma State co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer along with WR DeMarcus Conner, C Andrew Lewis, OL Russell Okung, QB Zac Robinson and RB Keith Toston will be available at the Omni Mandalay-Las Colinas Ballroom from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

On Tuesday, OSU will practice from 1:15 p.m.-3:50 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium. Practice is CLOSED the remainder of the week.

The 74th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the 12th consecutive year, the Classic will be televised on FOX Sports with the legendary Pat Summerall (play-by-play), former Dallas Cowboy Daryl Johnston (analyst) and Krista Voda (sidelines) handling the broadcasting duties. For the 17th consecutive year, the Classic will be carried on the Westwood One Radio Network with Brad Sham (play-by-play) and Terry Donahue (analyst) at the microphones.
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