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November 23, 2012

Seniors have chance to go out in style

NORMAN — It’s Bedlam. There’s a Big 12 Conference race to still be decided. However, there’s still another reason why OU needs a victory against Oklahoma State on Saturday.

“You have guys that you have played with for three years now. Guys are like family. They’re not just teammates, but family now,” OU junior fullback Trey Millard said. “It’s very important to send them off the right way. We’ve had two losses at home this year and we don’t want three.”

Sending OU’s senior class of 20 out in winning style is something the rest of the team has wrapped itself around. The group is currently 38-12 and part of the 2010 Big 12 championship.

However, OU coach Bob Stoops credits the bunch with something bigger than wins or losses.

“I think what I’ve been really pleased about is from the winter and spring on, they’ve really been a solid group with their attitude and their character,” Stoops said. “I felt it, overall, slipped last year.

“They’ve maintained a really consistent and positive work attitude and been disciplined off the field. Their expectations have been what we’re used to having around here. They’ve done a good job of setting an example of how to do it and influencing other guys to do it right.”

There have been classes that have accomplished more. This group has to win out in the regular season to at least tie for the Big 12 championship. OU hasn’t gone more than a year without one since 1999. It will take a win against Oklahoma State on Saturday and another on Dec. 1 at TCU to guarantee at least a share of that title.

Nonetheless, it’s the professionalism this group of seniors have carried themselves with this season that sets them apart.

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