Cowboy Football: Practice Going Good

STILLWATER - After a day off Wednesday for the players while the coaches took off recruiting, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were back inside Boone Pickens Stadium on Thursday for their fifth practice in preparation the 74th annual Cotton Bowl. It would appear that the coaching staffs on each side of the ball are pretty extensive into their game plan for the meeting on Jan. 2 with Ole Miss.

According to associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest and quarterbacks coach Robert Matthews, the coaching staff did spend some extra time Thursday working with young players in regular team situations. The practice, which lasted right at two hours, also included a lot of work against Ole Miss scout units as the game plans get tested, tweaked, and perfected.

Both of the coordinators, Bill Young on the defensive side and co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer, have a very healthy respect for the Rebels.

"Three down, move people around, give disguise, give a lot of different looks. They do a lot of that on defense," said Brewer of Ole Miss, a school his dad, Billy, used to serve as head coach. "We have to do our own homework in giving them different looks and make sure that our kids are secure on protection and where we want to run the ball."

"They are huge," said Young starting with the Rebels offensive line. "They average 6-5, 315 pounds. They are an 8-4 football team and they have beaten a lot of top 20 teams, and I know two years ago they beat LSU when they were going to win the national championship and they beat Florida last year. They are a good football team and we had better be ready."

Quarterback Zac Robinson has reportedly been performing at a high level in the practices and he is confident about how he will plays and how his teammates will play in the Cotton Bowl.

"We know that they are a good team and that we will have to execute and play at a high level," said Robinson. "We have a fun group and this class has been through a lot.

"I have every confidence that we are going to go down there and play well and be in position to finish off our careers and for this team to finish off the season with a win. I know I feel good and I'm really prepared to have as good a game as I have had this season.

"It is weird to think that I am doing things for the last time and it really hasn't hit me that I won't be going back to work out with the guys this winter. Right now, we need to enjoy it and have a lot of fun while we are down there," Robinson added.

The team has workouts scheduled on Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday before breaking up for a Christmas break and then reuniting in Dallas on Dec. 26 for the Cotton Bowl week and final preparations and the game itself.

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