K-State Continues Texas Bowl Workouts

HOUSTON, Texas Kansas State continued its preparation for the Texas Bowl Monday as the Wildcats practiced for two hours indoors at the Methodist Training Center at Reliant Park after spending Christmas morning and afternoon at the hotel before working out in the evening in shoulder pads.

K-State began to wrap up its preparation for Rutgers Monday with a spirited workout that featured skeleton drills, special teams segments and offensive and defensive scout team periods. Head Coach Ron Prince has been very pleased with the team’s preparation and effort leading up to the program’s 12th bowl in 14 years.

“Practice went very well today,” Prince said. “The entire game plan for the bowl has been installed and now we are just continuing to work on our timing. We want to peak at the right time and don’t want things to get old for the players.

“We have tried to keep things this week as close to our normal routine as possible. We have put a strong emphasis this week on doing things as a team and valuing our time together. This is the last time for the 2006 team to be together and we are focused on closing out this team with a win.”

After practice, the squad was treated to an evening at Dave and Buster’s for dinner and entertainment. There was even a special appearance by Santa Claus played by Quintin Echols who had a sack full of gifts for the children of the official travel party.

The Cats have a full day of activities set for Wednesday, beginning with noon practice session the Methodist Training Center. Following the workout, the team will travel to the George Historical Ranch for the Rodeo Bowl 2006.

The Wildcats and Scarlet Knights meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Reliant Stadium in the inaugural Texas Bowl. The game will be televised nationally by the NFL Network.