NORMAN, Okla. -- Playing Texas at the Cotton Bowl is a special opportunity for every player at the University of Oklahoma.
It's even more special for Sooners who grew up in the Dallas area, including linebacker Corey Nelson and cornerback Demontre Hurst.
Nelson starred at Dallas Skyline before choosing the Sooners over Texas teams including Texas, Texas A&M and others. His mother Camisha works at the Texas State Fair, which makes the opportunity to play at home in one of the biggest games of the season a highlight of Nelson's year.
"It's a pride thing," Nelson said of playing in Dallas. "I feel pride within myself, coming from Dallas and that being my hometown."
Hurst was a standout at Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster before picking Oklahoma over Oklahoma State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and others. Playing near his hometown has a special meaning, as Hurst has watched several friends and family go from Longhorns fans to Sooners fans after he began wearing crimson and cream.
"It means a lot," he said. "A lot of my hometown friends and family will be watching, everybody is excited to watch OU and Texas play. My church is right around the corner so it's exciting for me to go home and play."
Brandon Chatmon covers University of Oklahoma sports and recruiting for SoonerNation.