Sooners Hit the Practice Field for Razorbacks

The No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners began preparations for its matchup against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 66th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic with a two-hour practice in full pads under crisp, sunny skies at SMU's new Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Wednesday.

Although Oklahoma plays the Texas Longhorns every year in the Cotton Bowl, this is the Sooners' first time to play in the New Year's Day classic and its fifth bowl game in Texas.

"This is a great stage, and we're excited to be here at the Cotton Bowl," said Head Coach Bob Stoops about the upcoming game. "The Cotton Bowl has a great tradition, and we're looking forward to the challenge of playing Arkansas. We've been off for the last four days, and I couldn't wait to get here and start preparing for the game. I'm sure the players feel the same way."

OU arrived in Dallas today and hit the practice field right away, while the Razorbacks opted not to work out today.

"We wanted to get here and start practicing," said Stoops. "I think practicing today tells you what we think of them. We had a great practice today."

The SMU grounds crew had the practice fields in ideal conditions for the Sooners, complete with an "OU" painted in one of the practice field end zones.

"I loved it," Coach Stoops said about the OU logo being in the end zone. "I really appreciate all the work the SMU folks have done for us at their home. They have a great facility here. It couldn't be better."

The Sooners had a very open practice today, with approximately 100 fans watching the workout. Coach Stoops said today's practice was very open to accommodate high school players and coaches that wanted to watch his squad practice, but noted it will be tighter tomorrow.

The Sooners are healthy heading into the game, as Andre Woolfolk and Wes Sims, both of whom missed the end of the season, were back on the practice field Wednesday.

Kickoff for the 66th SBC Cotton Bowl Classic is set for 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2002, and will be televised nationally on FOX. Oklahoma will be the visiting team next Tuesday.


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