Gundy gives healthy reportAsked about the health of his team, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said, "We’re good. (Junior defensive tackle) Swanson Miller twisted an ankle, but returned to practice. He should be able to play in the game. We’ll try to get 20 plays or so out of him. Everybody else is healthy.” Gundy said he considered tight end Brandon Pettigrew (high ankle sprain) and running back Kendall Hunter (knee)to both be 100 percent. At Oregon’s practice site on the San Diego State campus, running back Jeremiah Johnson worked out for the first time in a week. Johnson missed practices with a hamstring injury and a brief illness upon arriving in San Diego Thursday night. "He’s fine, 100 percent,” Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said of his leading rusher. "I don’t think he had any setbacks. He looked good.” The Ducks are still without right tackle C.E. Kaiser, who has been battling a flu-like illness and it is not known when he will return. Redshirt freshman Mark Asper is filling in. Asked if he is comfortable with Asper as a starter, Bellotti said, "Well, we have to be.”
Cowboys move to grass fieldWith the second straight day of sunny skies, Oklahoma State moved off the artificial turf Saturday morning at the University of San Diego’s practice field and returned to the natural grass of the school’s football stadium, the same type of surface as Qualcomm Stadium, the site of Tuesday’s Holiday Bowl. Oregon was not allowed to practice on grass at San Diego State and might remain on the FieldTurf practice field for all its workouts. "Looking at (the grass field), at this time of year, it may not be a great field to practice on,” Bellotti said.
1988 vs. 2008Gundy said he wasn’t sure how to compare his team’s preparation for the Holiday Bowl to the 1988 Holiday Bowl when he was the starting quarterback. "It’s hard for me to remember that far back as far as what we did,” Gundy said. "I know we didn’t watch practice tape (of ourselves). Now we have practice tape that we watch every morning, so I know that was different. We don’t practice very long. I don’t think the players want to be out there three hours, so it’s worked well for us.” There has been no bad news as far as nightlife escapades. "The players are pretty quiet around me,” Gundy said. "I’m not really much for their stories. I enjoyed those in college, but now I prefer not to hear them. They’re good guys. We haven’t had any calls. They’ve taken care of their business.” BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JOHN ROHDE