After nearly a week off for finals — where coaches spent the bulk of the time on the recruiting trail — Oklahoma State returned to practice mode Friday.
Following the 90-minute workout, OSU then got the weekend off. The Cowboys will then stage seven or eight practices, beginning Monday, before breaking for Christmas. Then they will reconvene in Dallas on Dec. 28 to begin their final preparations for the Cotton Bowl against Missouri on Jan. 3.
Coach Mike Gundy admitted Friday that some players were still trying to rebound emotionally following a crushing Bedlam loss that cost OSU the Big 12 title.
“They have to understand the good news is we get to play another game,” Gundy said. “We get to go out as a group and play a very talented team … and so-called redeem themselves and go out and have some fun and play a quality team in a great bowl game.”
GRAHAM FINISHES CAREER AGAINST HOMETOWN TEAM
Cowboy offensive lineman Parker Graham drew interest from home-state school Missouri as a junior at Webb City High.
But when former offensive coordinator Dave Christensen left to become the head coach at Wyoming, Missouri's recruiting of Graham cooled off significantly.
Graham ultimately chose OSU over Arkansas. And there aren't any hard feelings toward Mizzou, or regrets that he came to Stillwater.
“Definitely not,” Graham said. “I've had the best five years of my life here and I'm playing with a bunch of great guys and I wouldn't trade it for anything.”
COTTON BOWL TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE
As of Friday afternoon, fewer than 900 tickets remained from OSU's allotment of 12,500 for the Cotton Bowl.
Missouri sold out its allotment last Monday.