Wednesday, January 4th, 2012


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ARLINGTON – Players and coaches for the No. 8 Kansas State Wildcats stressed continuing the hard-nosed style of preparation that propelled them to the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Today was no different as the Wildcats practiced at Cowboys Stadium for the fourth consecutive afternoon. The Wildcats held a two hour workout as they look towards matching up against a high-profile SEC squad in the No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks.

“They’re a determined group and have the “never give up” type of attitude and approach to each ballgame that they play,” Head Coach Bill Snyder said. “I love the determination that they possess. I also greatly appreciate their willingness to do things that a lot of people in this day and age don’t like to do and don’t want to do.”

That hard work and attention to detail has translated to a team that isn’t flashy, but takes care of the little things. KSU got to ten wins and a No. 6 BCS Ranking with just the fifth-ranked defense and the ninth-ranked offense in the Big 12 yet held the distinction of being the least penalized team in the Big 12.

“That’s why Coach Snyder is great,” DE Jordan Voelker said. “Each player has their weaknesses and he utilizes our strengths the best and moves us to the position we fit.”

It’s no surprise then that in year two of his second stint at K-State that Coach Snyder was the recipient of both the Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year and the Big 12 Coach of the Year awards. A win on Friday would propel Kansas State to their first 11-win season since back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2002 and 2003.

Earlier in the day, both Snyder and Arkansas Head Coach Bobby Petrino met with members of the media as well as representatives from AT&T and the Classic Selection Committee to preview Friday night’s big game.

The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will be held on Friday Jan. 6th on FOX. Telecast starts at 7 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 7:32 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle play-by-play duties with Charles Davis as the color analyst. Tim Brewster and former Dallas Cowboys great Daryl Johnston will serve as sideline reporters.

For the 20th consecutive year, the Classic will be heard around the world through the Westwood One Radio Network. Brad Sham, “The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys”, and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue will be on the call.
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