Pitt, Stanford hit Sun Bowl suite to select bowl gifts


Stanford and Pittsburgh are, of course, in El Paso to play in the 85th Hyundai Sun Bowl, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun while they’re here.

The Cardinal and Panthers hit up the Sun Bowl’s hospitality suite to select their bowl gifts upon arrival on Wednesday. Items included Smart TVs, watches, sunglasses, recliner chairs and Beats by Dre headphones. 

The gifts are meant to honor what the participants did to get to El Paso.

“This is a reward for all the hard work we put in and for winning a lot of games,” said Stanford receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. “Just enjoying the time with these guys is the best gift of all, but leaving out with some materialistic stuff for you or for anyone else that you want is pretty special too.”
“It’s definitely a family atmosphere. You can tell they’re really big on hospitality,” Pitt safety Dennis Briggs said. “We were able to meet everyone and it’s been welcoming so far.”
The Cardinal also hit the practice field at Eastwood High School Wednesday evening to get loose and refresh the game plan. 
“We already put in the full game plan as of about 2 weeks ago. I think Coach Shaw and his staff do a great job of introducing us to the game plan 2 or 3 weeks back,” said Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello. “Therefore when we go home to spend time with our families we can still watch film, still get in the books and get a good feel for what this defense is trying to do. It was nice to get guys rolling out here again.”
Stanford returns to the practice field Thursday afternoon. Pitt will practice for the first time in El Paso Thursday morning at the SAC. 

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