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January 1, 2013

Just another opponent


IRVING, Texas —

“I don’t think there was much,” OU wide receiver Kenny Stills said. “There may have been more between the boosters and coaching staff. For us, we are out here to play and you take it for what it is. The only thing different about this game is that we are familiar with Texas A&M because they were once in our conference.”

No fear: OU hasn’t played an SEC team since facing Florida in the 2008 national championship game. Wide receiver Justin Brown doesn’t buy the notion that conference affiliation changes teams.

“At the end of the day, they’re another team. They put their cleats on just like we do,” he said about Texas A&M. “Just make sure you go out and do the right things you need to do against the person across from you to get the job done. As long as you have that approach, everything’s gonna fall in place.”

Healing up: OU needed to the five-week break between the end of the regular season and the bowl game to heal some aching bodies. Ikard said there’s still some offensive linemen who aren’t 100 percent but guys are moving around much better.

He said guard Adam Shead, who played most of the season with an ankle injury, is moving around like he did in September.

“He looked really good in practice yesterday,” Ikard said. “There were no noticeable problems and that was good. We needed that time off. It’s good to have some guys healthy.”

Meet the Heisman winners: Prior to Friday’s AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, two Heisman Trophy winners will be available for autographs at Cowboys Stadium. OU’s 1978 Heisman winner Billy Sims and Texas A&M Heisman winner John David Crow (1958) will be available for fans from 4-5 p.m. at the LG/AT&T Huddle Up located on the plazas at Cowboys Stadium.

OU fans can meet Sims at the west side plaza. Crow will be on the east side.

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