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      Missouri has final practice before Fridays Cotton Bowl

      The No. 8 Missouri Tigers hit the practice field one final time with a 90-minute workout at AT&T Stadium with the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic looming in two days.

      Mizzou (11-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) took time to work on its final adjustments, while making sure to continue its emphasis on fundamentals in preparation for the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2, 7-2 Big 12 Conference).

      Leading the list of 32 Tigers returning to their home state for the programâ??s 30th bowl game is senior QB James Franklin.

      Head coach Gary Pinkel said the Corinth, Texas native has been the catalyst in Mizzouâ??s breakout season in the SEC after the team was picked to finish sixth in the conferenceâ??s Eastern Division.

      â??A year ago was remarkable what he had to go through,â?? said head coach Gary Pinkel. â??To see his maturity and see him be able to deal with all the adversity he had like he always does. It made him tougher mentally, a little bit more resilient and a little bit more determined..â??

      Franklin and the other seniors closed practice with the Tiger tradition of taking their last hits in a Mizzou uniform before their final game.

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