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December 27, 2013
INSIDER REPORT: C.J. Mosley gets homecoming game
NEW ORLEANS | The Senior Bowl will once again have some local flair with Mobile native C.J. Mosley officially slated to participate, the organization announced Friday.
Mosley accepted the invitation along with University of Alabama teammates Kevin Norwood and Cody Mandell.
"That's something I always watched, and so it's an honor for me to participate in it in my last official college football game," Mosley said. "It's an honor for my last game to be in Mobile, where I grew up."
It's easy to see why NFL teams are interested in Mosley. His play on the field has spoken volumes. He plans to use the event as a learning tool.
"Basically, just the experience of talking to all the different football teams and getting that NFL experience," Mosley said. "That's really the main thing that I'll go down there for, besides the fact that it's going to be in Mobile ... just the experience of talking to all the coaches."
UA coach Nick Saban said he wants his players to have a good time in New Orleans, but also to remember why they're here.
"We came here to play a good football game," Saban said. "I think that's got to be our No. 1 priority."
Senior wide receiver Kevin Norwood said each player needs to be responsible for his behavior.
"You've got to have a mind of your own. Everybody knows Bourbon Street is a bad place to be, especially at nighttime," Norwood said. "Just stay safe. I can't really preach too much to them because they're grown men. They've got to make their own decisions.
RESPECT FROM OU
If you had told Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard that he would have been playing against two-time defending national champion Alabama in a bowl, he wouldn't have guessed it would be in New Orleans.
He would have figured it would be for the Bowl Championship Series national title game.
"That's just how it worked out," he said. "Obviously, they're a great team, still probably the best team in the country besides one crazy play.
"We're very excited for the opportunity. We realize how talented they are and the success they've had in the last five years, so we've got a lot to prove in this game."
Oklahoma respects Alabama's accomplishments, but cornerback Aaron Colvin isn't daunted.
"I think powerhouse," he said. "They've been on top for a long time. Since I've been in college, they've been one of the top teams. We know that.
"They're very disciplined. You see the reasons why they win ballgames. But any opponent you play, you can't be scared of them. I mean, they're a good team but so are we."
The Oklahoma Sooners were greeted by a band playing Dixieland jazz when they landed at Louis Armstrong International Airport to begin on-site preparations for the Sugar Bowl.
The musical welcome made an impression.
"It was real cool," senior cornerback Colvin said. "I seen the band playing, so I had to take off my headphones. That's just the New Orleans vibe out here. I like it, so I'm very excited to be down here."
Tommy Deas contributed to this report.