ORLANDO — Do you think Oklahoma players are hyped to end their college football season with the Cheez-It Bowl?
Some Sooners are actually very passionate about beating Florida State on Thursday night.
Justin Broyles, a sixth-grade senior defensive back from Oklahoma City, began practice Tuesday at Boone High School and urged his teammates to stop telling them they want to play in the OU seniors.
“Focus on me! Have discipline for me! Elaborate for me! Don’t!… I promise you! It’s natural to play!”
The Sooners practiced for about an hour before being bused back to the team’s hotel behind a police escort.
Several Sooners who stopped by for interviews afterwards said Tuesday (the equivalent of regular Thursday practice) was a good one. .
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“It was really good,” tight end Brayden Willis said. “I was thinking about the bowl game the other day.I will start my college career in Florida (2018 Orange Bowl) and end in Florida.
“Our team is focused,” said senior punter Michael Turk. “We’re focused. We’re chasing it. It’s our last round trip here. We’re making the most of it.”
“Today was a great day,” said senior cornerback CJ Cordon. “We just got here and I think we had a very detailed technique, and we knew where we were supposed to be today. It was very good practice.”
This is a chance for the Sooners to achieve 24 consecutive years of winning records. With a 6-6 record under first-year coaching, he doesn’t have many goals to achieve in the postseason. The players who attended his day in the media on Monday said their postseason goals are bigger than just winning.
“We’re all at this bowl game with gratitude and hunger,” Willis said. “We didn’t get the season the way we expected it to. Here we are, there’s a lot of hungry guys on the training ground and we’ve seen it all week.”
With a 6-6 finish, Kordon explained that he has a chance to finish 2022 (his only season at Norman after moving from Wyoming) with a 7-6 record.
“I feel more focused and motivated,” Cordon said. “But it’s very good. 5-7, obviously no one wants to be 5-7, but 6-6, just being here and being at the bowl game and being able to work. But it’s a blessing. I’m blessed to be playing for a good team. Again.”
“Our team has believed in what our coaches have told us, so I think we’ve always been committed regardless,” Turk said Tuesday. Being able to get better and practice more is definitely a bonus, hopefully we end up in strong form and get the most out of this bowl game.”