Alamo Bowl: Spencer, Defenders Feel Good

The Oklahoma State defense met with the media Monday at the Alamo Bowl, and coordinator Glenn Spencer and All-Big 12 free safety Jordan Sterns say the Cowboys are ready for Thursday night's showdown with Colorado.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Oklahoma State Cowboys have had fun in San Antonio with a trip to SeaWorld, some players took in the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls game, the River Walk has been very popular, but there is a game to play. Despite a Christmas present from head coach Mike Gundy and the staff of no practice on Christmas Day, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said today when he and some of his players met with the media that he thinks the preparation has been good, even spot on.

"We had a good workout the first day (last Friday) and then Christmas Eve we really went at it in pads, we had live tackling drills and got after it really hard, lots of contact and lots of intensity," Spencer said. "Coach Gundy gave them Christmas Day to recover and that was good.

"We did watch Colorado game tape and did some studying and then getting back at it today, the best thing is it was hot. We threw some tempo at them and that's good. If I remember correct it gets muggy in that dome with everybody in there, so we needed to stress them some."

Spencer is close with his players and he is always imparting wisdom on them and the wisdom of this bowl trip is enjoy the process.

"Yeah, like coach was saying, just enjoying the process with your teammates," senior free safety and All-Big 12 performer Jordan Sterns said. "We work hard all off­season with winter conditioning with Coach Glass and then just to be able to go out there with your brothers and just have fun, you know, and enjoy the moment, enjoy each of these games, especially being my last game as a Cowboy, I've been taking in every last second with these guys up here and with the guys that aren't in here, as well. But you know, it's just fun to win games." 

Ramon Richards has been popular in San Antonio as he is from Brackenridge, an inner city San Antonio high school and he takes pride in it. He told me he has taken some of his teammates to his home to meet his family, even spend Christmas at his house. That has been special, but preparing and winning the game is what is most special.

Richards compared this bowl to the Sugar Bowl last season and all the injury issues going into that game and how healthy the Cowboys are for this Alamo Bowl.

He also said when asked that maybe the mullet that his head coach has been sporting all season is a keeper, as in a keeper form longer than this season.

"Him wearing a mullet? I'm not going to say nothing. But if we continue to have success, if he has the mullet, let him keep the mullet," Richards speculated. "Coach Spencer might be next. I might get me a mullet."

Sterns nixed the Spencer mullet.

"His wife (ESPN SportsCenter reporter Jeannine Edwards) won't let him grow that," Sterns laughed.

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