The town of Guthrie is particularly buzzing about the Cotton Bowl, with two hometown products, OSU fullback Kye Staley and Missouri starting linebacker Kentrell Brothers, set to face each other.
Staley and Brothers, who were teammates for one season at Guthrie High, took part in some friendly trash talk when the Cotton Bowl matchup was first announced but haven’t spoken since both teams arrived in the Dallas area.
But with the nature of their two positions, they’re sure to go head-to-head Friday.
“I’ll see him all game,” Brothers said. “It’s something I’m looking forward to. And I’m sure he’s looking forward to it, too.”
Staley and Brothers also share another type of bond — through injury.
Brothers broke his ankle during a preseason scrimmage before his freshman season. When Staley — who, of course, overcame a catastrophic knee injury to return to the Cowboys — heard about Brothers getting hurt, he reached out.
“It ain’t the end of the world,” Staley remembers telling Brothers. “When it happened to me, I pretty much didn’t have anyone there to tell me the same thing. So I just told him just stay positive, believe in your treatment and keep working hard.”
And Brothers could certainly look to Staley’s recovery process for inspiration.
“He’s come a long way,” he said. “I haven’t seen as gruesome of an injury as he had ever before. To stick with it throughout all those hard times, it just means a lot about him as a person.”