Making an impactOklahoma State running back Keith Toston has progressed from an elite No. 2 running back to an All-Big 12 first-team performer in his senior season. And he gives a bunch of credit to Cowboys’ first-year running backs coach Robert Gillespie. "When you get in the meeting room, he has a lot of words for you,” said Toston, who rushed for 1,177 yards this season. "A lot of my success goes to him.” It’s been Gillespie’s focus on every detail, not only during practice but in the film room, which helped the Cowboys lead the Big 12 in rushing for the fourth straight season. "He made me look at every little thing I do on the field,” Toston said. "He made me better as a player.”
MAN UPOle Miss defensive tackle Jerrell Powe loves the physical style of SEC football. And he’s planning to bring that physical mindset to the Cotton Bowl Classic. "We just have to come off the ball and strike them,” Powe said. "Being physical, that’s what the SEC is known for, and that’s how we’ll come out on Jan. 2.”
PERFECT VENUE, EXCELLENT CAREERAfter quarterback Zac Robinson was unable to play on Senior Night on Nov. 19 against Colorado at Boone Pickens Stadium, the senior expressed disappointment in missing his final game on campus. "Not playing (against Colorado) was pretty tough, especially the last home game,” Robinson said. "(The Cotton Bowl) is the last college game, and I don’t know how I’ll react. Playing our last game together is probably going to be pretty tough.” Robinson said he can’t think of a better place to end his collegiate career than against Ole Miss in the first Cotton Bowl Classic at the Jerry Jones’ new Cowboys Stadium. "I don’t know if there’s anywhere else you’d want to play than that stadium,” he said.