Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
Oklahoma Kicks Off the New Year with Third Practice at Cowboys Stadium
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Big 12 Co-Champion Oklahoma kicked off 2013 with a light practice at Cowboys Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. The Sooners continued their usual game week schedule without friction, holding a “Wednesday” workout in shorts and shoulder pads towards Friday night’s showdown against Texas A&M.
The team went through drills and situational work as music and crowd noise filled the stadium to simulate what is expected to be an intense atmosphere.
“We did Wednesday type work, did some work against each other again.” Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops said. “I feel good about it, feel like the kids practiced well and nobody’s hurt.”
The No. 11 Sooners will have their hands full with a Texas A&M squad led the SEC in total offense (552 yards/game), and scoring offense (44 points/game). The two squads faced off every year since 1996, with the Sooners holding a 19-11 overall advantage.
“We know the great players they have and who they are,” DB Aaron Colvin said. “Being able to play them the past few years, it will be good to see them again this week.”
Coach Stoops, Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops, Co-Offensive Coordinator Josh Heupel, QB Landry Jones and DB Tony Jefferson met with members of the FOX broadcast crew to talk about the matchup with the No. 9 Aggies (10-2, 6-2 SEC) on Friday night.
A few former Oklahoma greats were on the sidelines at practice today including Demarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys, Travis Lewis of the Detroit Lions, and former Cleveland Brown Travis Wilson. Former Sooner and Cowboys star Tony Casillas was again on hand to provide post practice analysis for Sooner Sports TV.
Players and coaches will have a private team party for dinner, then players will have the night off. Tomorrow morning Coach Stoops will meet with the media along with Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin at the Omni Mandalay hotel in Dallas.
The 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be held on Friday, Jan. 4 on FOX. Telecast starts at 6:30 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play duties with Charles Davis as the color analyst.
For the first time the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be heard around the world on ESPN Radio. Providing play-by-play is Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys”, Ed Cunningham will provide color commentary and Ian Fitzsimmons will report from the sideline.