Texas celebrates Christmas Day in San Diego
Dec. 25, 2011Photo Gallery
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of Texas football team enjoyed Christmas in San Diego as they prepare for the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
The Longhorns started the day off with their second practice of the bowl trip. The team was at U.C.-San Diego and spent two hours in helmets and shoulder pads going over preparations for the upcoming game against California.
Following practice, the team traveled to the San Diego Zoo. The zoo is one of the largest in the world and is one of only four in the United States with giant pandas. Several members of the team hopped on a double decker tour bus to see the animals while others chose to explore on their own. At the start of the afternoon, head coach Mack Brown and several players including Aaron Benson, Mike Davis, Sedrick Flowers, Marquise Goodwin, Jackson Jeffcoat and Justin Tucker went to the giraffe area and were able to go up to giraffes and feed them biscuits out of their hands.
"Feeding the giraffes was a great experience," said Jeffcoat, a sophomore defensive end. "It was a lot of fun to d,o and I know my teammates enjoyed it too. I have never touched a giraffe before and not many people get to do that."
For Goodwin it was the second time he had been able to feed giraffes, but he enjoyed the chance to do it with his teammates.
"It was a great experience, and it is fun to be out here with my teammates," said Goodwin. "Giraffes are really tall, and it has been a couple of years since I last saw a giraffe so I forgot how tall they were. I love animals, though, so it was a lot of fun."
The team gathered in the evening for Christmas dinner at the team hotel. The Longhorns enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings as well as some festive entertainment.
The Holiday Bowl will pit Texas vs. California in Qualcomm Stadium Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. (CST).