Army arrives in Dallas

Mike Gann was freaking out.

A few inches of snow had fell in Atlanta, his hometown, on Christmas Day.

Gann, Army’s senior nose guard, had an early flight to Dallas to catch the next morning.

“I was worried about getting out of here,” said Gann, who left his house at 6 a.m. to head to the airport. “I was saying, ‘if this snow in Atlanta keeps me from getting to my first bowl practice, I’m going to be mad.'”

Army players flew into Dallas Sunday for their first bowl practice in preparation for the Armed Forces Bowl on (Thursday) Dec. 30.

The team met at Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Ft. Worth, Texas. New cleats, bowl apparel and gear were waiting for them.

The team practiced at nearby Kennedale High School from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

“Morale was real high today,” Army senior defensive end Josh McNary said.  “Everyone is finally getting their feet wet with this bowl stuff, finally getting the royal treatment we’ve all been waiting for since the win at Kent State. Everyone is coming off a week away from each other and relaxing at their homes and just calmly building up that fire until we reach the game.”

Gann said, “We got some work done today and it was a real important day just to get back into things and go back over our game plan. You can watch film over break and you can go over your assignments but just getting the work in as a team is so important. It just felt good to be back on the field, to tell you the truth.”

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