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Cotton Bowl Notebook: Scenes from Media Day

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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 4:23 pm, Thu Jan 16, 2014.

Lineman turned reporter: A&M senior defensive lineman Spencer Nealy grabbed a microphone and did a mock interview with A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin at Sunday's A&M Media Day.

The Sooners' main player turned reporter was sophomore quarterback Blake Bell, who interviewed senior defensive back Demontre Hurst and freshman linebacker Frank Shannon, though a few other Sooners also did some interviews.

Different-looking Manziel: Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel wore black glasses Sunday at Media Day that made him look like singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.

The A&M quarterback said his eyes were hurting, thus he didn't wear his contacts.

Manziel, by far, drew the most microphones and cameras.

A&M dons pads: Texas A&M practiced for an hour in full pads at SMU's Ford Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"I thought we had great energy," A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said. "With all the fans and spectators that were here, I was kind of shocked at the number of people that were here. I thought that created some energy for us, too."

Former A&M players Rod Harris (1985-89) and Ken Reeves (1981-84) were at practice.

A&M is scheduled to practice at Highland Park on Monday.

Happy birthday wish: First-year A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder turned 48 Sunday. The team gave him a Gatorade bath at the end of practice.

Sooners go indoors: Oklahoma worked out in Cowboys Stadium on Sunday for two hours in shorts and shoulder pads.

"I feel good in that we have healed up a little bit from some of the sprained ankles and some of the injuries we've had through the year that we've kind of managed and worked through," OU head coach Bob Stoops said.

OU's Saunders glad to be here: Despite being arrested hours after Oklahoma's season-ending victory over TCU on one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession, explosive wide receiver Jalen Saunders will play in the Cotton Bowl against A&M.

"Playing in the Cotton Bowl here ... this is amazing," he said. "I'm just really blessed to play in this game."

After transferring from Fresno State, Saunders was deemed eligible four games into the 2012 season. In the past eight games, he's been the Sooners' top receiver, hauling in 53 passes for 766 yards and three touchdowns.

OU head coach Bob Stoops, who, on occasion, has issued one-game suspensions for past arrests, declined Sunday to delve too deep into the decision to allow Saunders to play, only saying "We had a statement issued. ... We've been pretty consistent with what we do, discipline-wise."

Stoops wants Cotton Bowl to be in BCS playoff rotation: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops believes Cowboys Stadium and the Cotton Bowl offer the perfect location and bowl to be part of the proposed BCS playoff rotation.

"The way everyone here manages this game, it is much like a BCS bowl in everything that you do. From facilities to practice to gifts for the players, it is, they are all set up for it," Stoops said.

Wheeling, dealing for tickets: As soon as A&M was invited to the Cotton Bowl, the players from the Metroplex started seeing how many tickets they could get from their teammates.

Each player received six tickets.

Senior Uzoma Nwachukwu, who is from Allen, got three tickets from senior center Patrick Lewis who is from Reserve, La. Nwachukwu had given Lewis three tickets when LSU played at A&M.

Nwachukwu said either he or junior running back Ben Malena, who is from Cedar Hill, will have the most family and friends at the game.

"He might have a whole section," Nwachukwu said of Malena.

What will the gifts be? The Cotton Bowl is known for its hospitality.

A&M senior wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu said the rumor is that the players will receive iPad minis.

"I hope we do," he said.

The players hadn't received their gifts as of Sunday afternoon.


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  • just passing by posted at 8:50 am on Tue, Jan 1, 2013.

    just passing by Posts: 299

    Good thing Uzoma is having to get tickets for the Allen HS band because if he got 6 tickets from everyone on the team he still wouldn't have enough. LOL,
    Enjoy the moment guys, work hard and BTHO-ou!!!

  • jim '78 posted at 6:31 pm on Mon, Dec 31, 2012.

    jim '78 Posts: 1414

    all I have to say is Ags concentrate on football and btho ou!!!!!!!!!!


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