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PRACTICE NOTES

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Seniors Lead OSU in Day Four Practice

EULESS, Texas – Oklahoma State completed its fourth practice in preparation for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, working for an hour and 45 minutes Monday at Trinity High School.

“Practice was good,” Head Coach Mike Gundy said. “We went through special teams and had good offensive and defensive periods. The attitude and tempo were really good. We’ve got great senior leadership with 28 of those guys. That helps us during bowl week.”

One of those seniors, cornerback Justin Gilbert, will be on the defensive side of perhaps the game’s most intriguing matchup, going against Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham is 6-5. Gilbert is 6-0. Both are considered among the best at their positions nationally.

“I think you’re looking at two potential first-round draft picks,” Gundy said. “So when you have that type of talent competing against each other it will always be a lot of fun. With his size, he’s very tall for a receiver but Gilbert’s also very tall for a corner.

“Gilbert has made us proud this year. He didn’t play well last year and this year he’s had a great season. He had a great offseason, worked hard, been a good leader. At one point late in the season, he got hurt and played through it, played with some pain and came back.”

The Cowboys went through media day interviews at AT&T Stadium on Monday and were scheduled to visit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital on Tuesday in Dallas.

“We want to thank the Cotton Bowl and AT&T and everybody involved,” Gundy said. “We’ve been here a few days now and the hospitality and the accommodations and entertainment and facilities that we’ve had have been really good. Our players have had a great few days.”

The 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is Friday, Jan. 3 on FOX. Airtime is set for 6:30 p.m. CST with kickoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Making their fourth appearances as members of FOX’s broadcast crew, Gus Johnson and Charles Davis will describe all the action and will be joined by Kristina Pink reporting from the sideline. FOX is broadcasting the Classic for the 16th consecutive year.

ESPN Radio returns as the Classic’s national radio partner for a second-straight year. Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” will partner with Ed Cunningham offering color commentary and Ian Fitzsimmons adding analysis from the sideline to provide the call of the 78th Classic to hundreds of affiliate stations around the country as well as subscribers of Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio in the United States and Canada.

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