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Sunday, January 1st, 2012

ARKANSAS RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH FIRST COWBOYS STADIUM PRACTICE

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Macatee/CBAA
ARLINGTON -- The No. 6 Arkansas Razorbacks kicked off the New Year with its first practice at Cowboys Stadium, site of the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

Head coach Bobby Petrino said he was pleased with the spirit in the Razorbacks’ first Classic week practice prior to taking on the eighth-ranked Kansas State Wildcats in prime time on Jan. 6.

“We’re really looking forward to the game. We’ll have a good week of preparation to get ready for the 6th,” said Petrino.

In his fourth season guiding Arkansas and eighth as a Division I head coach, Petrino is leading Arkansas to its third-straight and 39th overall postseason appearance. He is 3-3 bowl games including a 2-2 mark in postseason games played in the month of January.

Petrino and his Razorbacks squad are quite familiar with Cowboys Stadium having played Texas A&M during the regular season each of the last three seasons. The Hogs hold a 3-0 record in those games. Its Jan. 6 date with Kansas State is Arkansas’ first AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic in the home stadium of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

“We’re excited to be here in Dallas. Our players always like coming here,” said Petrino. “We had a great time when we came here earlier in the year. I think that game was something that really helped this football team. We went into halftime when we were down 18 points and found great leadership from our seniors, a group of guys that showed a tremendous amount of competitive spirit that found a way to win the game. I really think that was a turning point in our season.”

Following practice, Arkansas conducted its formal Media Day session with Petrino and selected players. Tonight, the team will enjoy some North Texas hospitality to ring in the New Year with a private social function at the Main Event in Lewisville.

The Razorbacks are back on the practice field Monday morning at Cowboys Stadium for another workout. After practice, offensive coordinator Paul Petrino, senior WR Joe Adams, sophomore OL Alvin Bailey, junior TE Chris Gragg, junior QB Tyler Wilson and senior WR Jarius Wright are scheduled for a 60-minute interview session at the media headquarters, the Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas, in Irving.

The 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 6 on FOX. The telecast starts at 7 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7:32 p.m. Gus Johnson will handle the 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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