, Muskogee, OK


December 28, 2012

Heart of Dallas Bowl notebook


O-line preparing

for All-American

Purdue may have backed into the bowl season by winning its last three games of the season to become bowl eligible, but the Boilermakers aren’t lacking in some talent.

On the defensive side, they are led by senior defensive tackle Kawann Short, who was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.

“That comes down to Lane (Taylor), Brandon Webb and I. That’s going to be our job,” Epstein said. “We’re prepared for him. We know he’s a great player and we’re excited to get in there and block against him.”

Short is listed at 6-foot-3, 315 pounds and should be a load for the Cowboy linemen, with the biggest of the three being Taylor at 6-3, 328 pounds.

“He is a big boy. He’s a lot faster than I think people give him credit for and he’s got great hands,” Epstein said. “We’re excited to run our offense against him.”

Travel woes effect at least one Cowboy

With all winter weather that hit the Midwest over the past week, at least one player was bound to find himself stranded. For Oklahoma State, that was offensive lineman Parker Graham.

The native of Webb City, Mo., had troubles flying into the Dallas area – and even more travel troubles when got into the Metroplex.

“His flight got delayed because of the snow in Dallas, but he finally got in and got a shuttle from DFW to the hotel,” Epstein said. “He told the driver that he needed Omni Hotel Dallas (the team hotel) and he texted me and said he was in Bedford. I told him that I think the guy was driving him to Fort Worth – and sure enough he was driving to Fort Worth.”

But the starting offensive lineman finally made it to the team meetings after some words with the driver.

“The driver started cussing at (Graham) in French, but he didn’t know that Parker knows French,” Epstein said. “So it was one of those stories you’ll always remember – especially for him. So he ends up coming into the team meeting in the wrong outfit with a plate of food because he missed lunch.”

– Jason Elmquist,

Stillwater Daily NewsPress

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