SCOTTSDALE, Ariz .– Oklahoma State wide receiver Brennan Presley’s Christmas wish has finally come true.
He got his game console, a PlayStation 5 provided by the Fiesta Bowl to every player.
And it is exactly as he imagined it.
“It means everything because it’s all I’ve wanted for a year,” Presley said.
After the ninth-seeded Cowboys face No.5 Notre-Dame on Saturday at noon in the Fiesta Bowl, they will return to Stillwater where discussions can begin on the game system during the offseason.
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“So I got it,” Presley said. “Everyone got that. So there is no excuse to dodge the smoke of the game. We all have the same game. We all got ‘Call of Duty’.
“Give me about a month and I’ll go crazy.” “
Presley said even before the Cowboys were selected for the boules game that he was hoping for a gaming system for Christmas. Making the Fiesta Bowl, which is sponsored by PlayStation, worked perfectly.
As a result, he received a new game for Christmas from his family – the new NBA 2K game. But Presley is more of a Madden fan.
He is also looking to add “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2” in the near future.
“Something I’m good at,” Presley said. “I don’t like to play just to play. I want to be good at it, because I like to talk about garbage.
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Collin Oliver finalist for the freshman award
OSU defensive end Collin Oliver is one of three finalists for the Football Writers Association of American Freshman of the Year award.
Oliver – the only defensive player among the finalists – is joined by Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud and Georgia tight end Brock Bowers. The winner will be announced in January.
Oliver, a true Edmond Santa Fe freshman, was unanimously the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year with All-America freshman honors from ESPN, 247Sports, The Athletic and Pro Football Focus.
Oliver is also a semi-finalist for the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award.
He starts his last game of the season leading the Big 12 with 11.5 sacks, which is also seventh in FBS. He broke OSU’s nine-year freshman sack record by Rodney Harding in 1981, the first year the program has tracked statistics.
Oliver also leads OSU with 15 tackles for a loss, which leads all of the Power 5 freshmen.
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Connections in Arizona
It’s been a decade since OSU offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn coached the Fiesta Bowl. Each time, it’s a bit of a homecoming.
Dunn was Arizona’s running back coach from 2004-2006 before moving to Baylor. He joined OSU in 2011, the last season the Cowboys played in the Fiesta Bowl.
“It’s a big city here,” Dunn said. “And like I said earlier, it’s a great game of bowls. It’s kind of a bookend for me. My first bowl game here was the Fiesta Bowl so it’s exciting for us to come back here.
But it’s also a homecoming for many Cowboys coaches.
Offensive line coach Charlie Dickey is originally from Scottsdale and attended Saguaro High School, where the Cowboys trained throughout the week. He has also played and coached at Scottsdale Community College and in Arizona.
Quarterbacks coach Tim Rattay also went to Phoenix Christian High and played at Scottsdale CC before transferring to Louisiana Tech.
And Brent Zdebski, a defensive quality control coach, is originally from Michigan, but his father, Mike, is now the head coach of football and track at Hamilton High in Chandler, Ariz.
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Michalski continues to grow
With center Danny Godlevske out on Saturday due to his leg injury, red jersey sophomore Joe Michalski will make his fifth straight start.
Every game has become more important since Godlevske also got injured. But Michalski generally held up.
“He’s grown up incredibly,” OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders said. “He took the steps of a job that was not only easy. It’s the center, it’s the IDs, it’s the calls, it’s all that sort of thing. It is not an easy job. And as we can see, he is doing quite well.
“I’m proud of every snap he’s played. He plays his cock and gives it 110% each time.
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