Courtesy of OSU Media Relations
NEW ORLEANS – The Oklahoma State football team went to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first time in its preparation for the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl on Wednesday, with coach Mike Gundy and selected players meeting media to talk about their experience. Gundy’s comments:
"We've had a great week here. The hospitality of the Allstate Sugar Bowl has been tremendous. Everyone involved has been so gracious, and as you can imagine, the food has been terrific. The players, our families and the Oklahoma State fans have had a great week. It has been a terrific time for our team, and practices have been going well. We're looking forward to the next couple of days as we get ready for the game. We'll work out a little bit today and have some free time before we get into a pre-game routine. Tomorrow would normally be a Friday for us, and then we'll have game day and relocate at a different hotel. We'll move forward and get ready to play in the game."
On balancing off-the-field activities with practice and preparing for the game:
"Traditionally, our coaches and players have done a nice job with bowls, especially once we start our meetings as a staff like we did this morning. From 10:30 until we're finished with our practice, they understand the importance of practicing and getting ready for the game. When that's over, they have time for other things and to enjoy the trip. That has never really been an issue with us. This afternoon, they'll have some time to do some things, but when we get back together tomorrow, it becomes football again."
On how the players have adjusted to their time in New Orleans:
"They've done a good job. They've conducted themselves well. The police and the community did a good job of visiting with our players and expressing some of the dangers that are here. They also helped our guys with explaining how to enjoy themselves, and they've handled themselves very well."
On Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly:
"He seems to be a competitor. He runs the ball very well, and he can make plays if things break down. He has been successful, and he looks a lot like some of the quarterbacks that we face in our league. He's a good player. We have to do a good job of corralling him and trying to slow him down when he's got the football."
On his “hoverboard” video:
"It was funny, some of the players and some of the children of coaches on our team suggested that I couldn't ride one too well. I jumped on it, went around the block, turned around on it and went back just so they knew I could ride it. I thought I was pretty good, to be honest with you. A couple of times, I got a little top-heavy. Because there were so many people around, I was glad that I didn't fall. It's kind of like riding a bike. You get a little better at it each time."