BOWL COVERAGE: Bulldogs Practice at Dallas Cowboys

Dec. 18, 2017

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FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys new practice facility and Cowboy Complex is, well, better than average.

If you aren't into into luxury, accessibility, spaciousness, and efficiency, The Star is definitely not for you.

Louisiana Tech's Bulldogs toured the 92-acre jewel for an hour after a 90-minute practice in the Ford Center, an indoor facility that seats 12,000 and was built by the Cowboys in cooperation with the Frisco Independent School District. Great place for a high school game. Or a bowl practice.

"You practice in a place like this and seeing it and being here is one of those things that creates a lot of extra energy," Tech head coach Skip Holtz said. "I thought we were focused, polished...We did as much full speed stuff as we could today with the rain scheduled to come in tomorrow."

Tomorrow's practice will be at the Toyota Stadium practice fields, site of Sunday's first on-site bowl practice. Practice Tuesday was supposed to be longer and Monday's was to be shorter; the practices were switched because of the probable weather problems; Tuesday's Frisco forecast calls for a 65 percent chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-60s.

Forecast for the inaugural DXL Frisco Bowl Wednesday night at 7 in Toyota Stadium is a 16-percent chance of rain with a high of 69 and a low of 48.

Xavier Woods, a four-year letterman and starter for Tech at safety, is now a rookie with the Cowboys, and he addressed the team for five minutes after practice in the very building where he said he and his teammates spend a lot of 12-hour days during the long NFL season.

The team toured the facility in groups of 30; each group had a guide as Star tours are "a thing" over here for sure. They do this every day. Some highlights:

The wall art and displays are very similar to the Division Athletics Complex look: clean and clear. There is a Pro Bowl Wall (I had forgotten Mel Renfro made five Pro Bowls as a corner and another five as a safety), clippings and art and quotes on a wall to recognize each of the Cowboys' five Super Bowl championships, and also strips on different flooring areas honoring the best of the Cowboy greats. (Think Randy White and Rayfield Wright, Cliff Harris, that class of Cowboy.)

There is a star the size of a couple of coffee tables and suspended chest high by the doors that lead to the two outdoor practice fields; most Cowboys slap it on the way out, our guide said.

The team meeting room is very steep and spacious and all the chairs are thickly padded.

There is a TV studio and separate radio studio and a training table for employees and players. It's a wide-open room and we saw a couple of coaches but no players (I don't think, but you weren't supposed to talk to them or take pictures of them if you saw them because, after all, they're at work).

The neatest idea was a 20-yard "field" on an upper floor roof, outside of the position meeting rooms. That way, if you are looking at film and need to demonstrate or work on a formation and whatnot, you walk out the door to the little field, figure things out, and walk right back into your meeting.

Super Bowl trophies and rings were displayed close to the entrance.

Thank you from Tech to Frisco and to the Dallas Cowboys; we like what you've done with the place.

Tech is scheduled to practice tomorrow afternoon in prep for Wednesday's game. Tech's five team captains and Skip Holtz will attend the official bowl press conference mid-morning Tuesday.

You can keep up with all the on-site bowl coverage at LATechSports.com.

 

 

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