Tuesday, January 4th, 2011


ARLINGTON, Texas – The No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies hosted a high-profile visitor during Tuesday morning’s practice at Cowboys Stadium. Dallas Cowboys QB and Texas A&M alum Stephen McGee dropped by to watch the Aggies prepare for their Friday night clash with the No. 11 LSU Tigers at the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
“This is one of the big highlights of my year whenever I found out they were going to be playing in Dallas in the Cotton Bowl,” said McGee, who won his first-career start last week when the Cowboys edged the Eagles 14-13 in Week 17. “This is a big-time bowl team featuring my school. It’s awesome. I’m fired up and I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. I know basically all these guys. They’re like my brothers.”
For a second straight day, Texas A&M practiced for two hours in jerseys and shorts. The team placed heavy emphasis on special teams and the passing game while mixing in scrimmage and situational drills as well. 
“We went through game-week preparation last week and we’re repeating pretty much the same thing this week,” Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman said. “We had full pads all last week and then this week we had them the first day. We took them off to get them healthy and fresh for the game. I think they’re moving around pretty well and getting done what they need to get done. We will have had 19 practices before we play this ballgame and you want to make sure their legs are fresh and they can bump around and make the plays they need to make.”
Texas A&M held a news conference Tuesday afternoon, featuring several defensive players and defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter at the Omni Mandalay Hotel.
Tuesday is a big off-the-field day for the Aggies. They are scheduled to visit the Dallas Children’s Medical Center during the afternoon before dining at Landry’s Beef Bowl. Later in the night, the team is scheduled to attend an NBA game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers.
Sherman and LSU Head Coach Les Miles will hold their news conferences Wednesday morning at the Omni Mandalay Hotel from 9-9:40 a.m.
The Aggies return to the practice field Wednesday morning at 9:45 at Cowboys Stadium. The first 15 minutes are open to the media. Players and coaches will be made available after practice if requested to the Texas A&M staff. Wednesday will be the final day of media availability with the players and coaches.
The 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will kick off at 7:27 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. For the 13th consecutive year, FOX will televise the Classic.