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Friday, December 20th, 2002

LEARNING FROM THE GREATS - APPLEWHITE AND SISEMORE ADDRESS TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 9 Texas Longhorns (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) had their third
consecutive practice in full pads at Frank Denius Fields on Friday morning
as they begin to wind down their pre-bowl week preparations for the 67th
annual SBC Cotton Bowl Classic against the LSU Tigers (8-4, 5-3 SEC).
Following the two-hour workout, former Longhorns quarterback Major
Applewhite and recent National Football Foundation Hall of Fame inductee
Jerry Sisemore spoke to the team about the passion LSU will bring to the New Year's Day contest and the importance of finishing the 2002 season on a
winning note.
Major's lived in Baton Rouge and understands the tradition and passion they
have at LSU, UT head coach Mack Brown said. He tried to let our players
understand what they'll bring to the game. Jerry Sisemore, who recently joined the Hall of Fame and is one of our all-time great offensive linemen, talked to the seniors about playing their final game and the importance of walking out of the Cotton Bowl with a win.
Brown said he was pleased with the focus and intensity the Longhorns brought to the practice field on Friday as it continued to prepare for the trek
north for another week of workouts on the campus of Southern Methodist
University.
We're coming to the conclusion of our practice schedule before we get to
Dallas and I feel pretty good, he said. I thought today was the best
practice we've had. It had a lot of energy and attitude. It was a real
physical practice and we got a lot of things done. I feel like this team in
building on the attitude of what's going to happen when we get to Dallas.
There are a lot of good things happening and we'll bring closure to it
tomorrow morning.
The Longhorns will go through a brief workout on Saturday morning that will
focus on the kicking and passing games before taking a four-day hiatus for
Christmas. The team will report to Dallas on Christmas night and begin bowl
week preparations the following morning at SMU.
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