Pat Kinnison

Oklahoma State's players heading home for Christmas after Wednesday morning practice

The Oklahoma State players will be heading home to spend Christmas with their families after Wednesday morning's practice.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys had Tuesday off. Well there were some activities on Tuesday morning as the team came in and suited up in their Sugar Bowl game uniforms and took the official team picture. Now the picture will be edited to show the Pokes in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with the Sugar Bowl midfield logo in front of them. It's great what can be done these days with technology.

After a strength session with Rob Glass and his staff, the team was off the rest of the day with a suggestion made by the head coach they go Christmas shopping. Some of the players admitted the other day that they needed to do some Christmas shopping.

"No sir," wide receiver Jhajuan Seales said about whether his shopping was done. "Not yet, I haven't been yet. I have to wait until I get back home and go to the mall there."

"No, not at all," inside receiver and senior David Glidden said. 

"I'm in a rush," All-Big 12 safety Jordan Sterns explained. "I've got to get my girlfriend and my mom something so I need to go pretty soon." 

It took talking to a quarterback to find a player ahead of the game when it comes to Christmas. "Yes," J.W. Walsh said very succinctly that his shopping was done.

All of the players we spoke to also have something special about being home for Christmas that they enjoy.

"Food, my dad because he is a better cook than my mom," Seales said. "He will smoke a turkey and then make some gumbo and some etouffee with crawfish, southern stuff."

"My personal favorite is Christmas eve and we go to church and then my grandparents come over and stay at our house and then when we get back from church my mom has been making the homemade vegetable soup all day and it has been sitting there cooking and she puts the roast in," Glidden said. "That vegetable soup is something that I look forward to."

"We go spend the night with my grandparents in Merkel, Texas," Walsh said. "We don't get to be with them often so it is special to be around them, and my grandma cooks, she really is a baker and her no bake cookies and peanut butter pie, I eat a lot of that."

"I just love being around my family," Sterns said. "It doesn't matter what we're doing or where we're going that year but the love you get being around your family is what is special."

After an early morning practice on Wednesday that feeling awaits as the Cowboys will head home and then meet up in New Orleans on Saturday.

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