Cotton Bowl: Media Day Is A Huge Draw

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Both Oklahoma State and Missouri paraded out on the turf for the media at AT&T Stadium on Monday. If a person was trying to determine which team was most excited about being at the Cotton Bowl versus a win in the SEC Championship game for Missouri or Bedlam for the Cowboys, it would have been difficult Monday. Both teams appear to be very happy to be in "tall Cotton."

"It's extremely special (to be here), and these guys I've been with for five years and I may not see them as much after this," Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf said. "We've done a good job of taking all this in and enjoying ourselves and at the same time staying focused on Missouri. The Cotton Bowl does a great job with their hospitality room and everything they do is first class."

"This is a great experience here," said Kentrell Brothers, a Missouri linebacker and Guthrie, Okla., native. "This stadium is just a few years old and there will be over 90,000 people in here on Friday. It's going to be a great time."

Oklahoma State went through another close to two hour practice at Euless Trinity High School on Monday. It was the final day for the team out at the high school as the remaining practices will be at the stadium.

Head coach Mike Gundy was happy with the effort in practice. He believes the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday night was a motivator for the team as they really were inspired by watching the stadium and its atmosphere for an NFL contest.

"For the majority of our team, me included, it was the first time to be at an NFL game in person," Gundy explained. "It was neat to see Dez (Bryant) and Joe Randle. We saw Orie Lemon, and, obviously, Dan Bailey. It was really exciting to see all of that."

"It was fun, even though Dallas lost," defensive tackle Calvin Barnett said. "Both those teams (Dallas and Philadelphia) are my favorite teams, so I really couldn't go for either one. It was a great experience last night."

Another player that may soon be playing at the next level is defensive end Tyler Johnson, the super senior who is 28 years old said he envisions playing pro football like he did minor league baseball at one point.

"Oh man, it was a great experience," Johnson said. "It was my second NFL game and it was a blast. I was definitely imagining myself out there instead of Demarcus Ware flying around to the ball. This has been a blast being around my teammates one more time and we are ready for Missouri."

The preparation continues for the Cowboys, who . The Cowboys practice midday Tuesday and another on Wednesday before a final walk thru late Thursday afternoon, and then kickoff at 7:10 p.m. of the 78th Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday. But tonight there's more fun planned with the team.

"Tonight we have the Main Event, which is like Dave and Busters, we play games and have a good time," Gundy continued. "Practices have gone really well and it is an enjoyable time for us. They have a lot of free time up until tomorrow night or Wednesday when we will try and rein them in some."

Tonight it's games and laser tag and some good food. Missouri is also at Main Event, but at a separate location. As the excitement builds that might be a good thing.

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