Cowboys Arrive In Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. - The Oklahoma State football team held its first practice at the site of the 2006 Independence Bowl when the squad went through a two-hour drill that began in Saturday afternoon sunshine and ended under the lights at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

"We had a good practice," said OSU head coach Mike Gundy. "A lot of times you're concerned about the first bowl practice. Obviously the players are excited to be here and having had three or four days off, but we moved around very well and did a good job. We're looking forward to the week here."

All 105 Cowboy players expected for the practice were on hand for the first team workout since the Cowboys wrapped up campus practices Tuesday morning in Stillwater. The players then headed home for a brief break before reconvening in Shreveport Saturday.

"Our coaches and training staff try to get the most out of us everyday," said OSU quarterback Bobby Reid. "Today was our first day back after we had about three days off. Some of the guys are a little tight, but that is how it is. It will not take us long to get back on track."

The Cowboys meet the Alabama Crimson Tide Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the 31st PetroSun Independence Bowl. The bowl game was established in 1976 in conjunction with America's Bi-Centennial celebrations.

OSU is 6-6 on the season, and while the Cowboys are excited to be playing in a bowl game for the fourth time in five seasons, they are more focused on ending the 2006 season on a winning note.

"Our coaches have really stressed to us how much of a privilege this is," said OSU wide receiver Adarius Bowman. "We put a lot of hard work into this season. We wished it would have gone better, but we look at the bowl game like it is a celebration of the year. At the same time, we are down here to win."

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