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Cotton Bowl notebook: Cowboys' J.W. Walsh opens up about QB switch

BY GINA MIZELL AND JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writers Published: January 1, 2014

"I say that very respectfully; I think everybody knows how I feel about Coach Miles. I think he's a terrific coach, very intelligent offensive mind."

But Miles' idea of offense was more power.

Gundy and Henson's idea? Spread 'em out and go deep.

"We felt like we had pretty good personnel with three or four wide receivers," Henson said, referring to a group that included Rashaun Woods. "But you have to be who you are in this job. I know that sounds so cliché, but that's not who Les Miles was."


OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert knows firsthand how fast Missouri running back Henry Josey is — the two sprinted against each other once in high school.

Gilbert was at Huntsville High, Josey at Angleton High, and they met in the 100 meters at a Texas state regional as seniors.

Gilbert's time: 10.50 seconds.

Josey's: 10.52.

"It was a neck-and-neck race," Gilbert recalled Tuesday. "I started a little bit in front of him, and I didn't gain anything on him and he didn't gain anything on me."

Gilbert expected to face Josey again at state.

"But I got a false start and didn't get to race," Gilbert said.

Even though Josey didn't win the 100 that year, he enjoyed plenty of relay success at Angleton. He was part of 400- and 800-meter relay teams that included eventual Texas Longhorns D.J. Monroe and Quandre Diggs.


The Cotton Bowl is known for giving participating teams the royal treatment while they are in town, and apparently, this year is no different.

The Cowboys have a hospitality room set up in one of their hotel's ballrooms that is to die for.

"It's ridiculous," defensive tackle Calvin Barnett raved. "On one side, there's a basketball goal with room to shoot and play. Then, right across from that there's a huge flat screen with, like, five huge, king-sized recliners. There's little remote control cars, remote control helicopters, foosball tables, pool tables. There's three or four TVs with the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

"Then right in the center of it is this big thing for food."

Everything a college football player could want.

"We could eat and sleep in this room and be just fine," Barnett said.


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