Monday, December 31st, 2012

Oklahoma Continues 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Preparation With Second Practice

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Macatee/CBAA
The Okahoma Sooners run practice in preparation for their January 4th, 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl match up against the Texas A&M Aggies.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS  – The No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners held their second practice in preparation for the 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic inside Cowboys Stadium Monday afternoon.

The Sooners (10-2, 8-1 Big 12) worked out for just over two hours gearing up towards their showdown against No. 9 Texas A&M (10-2, 6-2 SEC). OU continued their typical in-season game week preparation with full speed and contact.

“Practice went really well, we did some work against each other kind of going fast,” Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops said. “This is our regular Tuesday, which we’re in full pads during the season and a little longer practice. The guys handled it really well.”

Sooner players are still getting used to the magnitude of Cowboys Stadium. An exuberant atmosphere is expected Friday night for the showdown between the Big 12 Co-Champions and the Southeastern Conference’s newest member.

“You come in and you’re just looking around it’s like: “Wow!” junior WR Kenny Stills said. “Every time I come in there I’m just as excited as the first time.”

Former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboy great Tony Casillas stopped by practice as the Sooners continued to follow their typical game-week buildup towards the Aggies.

Casillas was the Lombardi Award winner and an All-American in 1985, helping lead OU to the National Championship. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the Cowboys in 1992 and 1993. Casillas currently serves as a broadcast correspondent for Sooner Sports TV  ( providing live post-practice reports.

Tonight the Sooners will attend a special private party at the Main Event in Grapevine. New Years Day the Sooners Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops and select players will meet with the media at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas.

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.

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