DALLAS -It's every high school athlete's dream to make it into the big leagues.
A former standout from Guthrie High School is making his way through college and is now facing off against former teammates for bragging rights.
Kia Brothers said, "This is him holding his Jim Thorpe Award."
Brothers can't help but gush over her son, Kentrell.
She said, "Kentrell is a great kid. He's unique. He's a great athlete."
The former Guthrie Blue Jay is now a force to be reckoned with in the SEC.
Kia said, "That's when he won SEC Defensive Player of the Week versus Georgia."
Friday will be a first for the Missouri starting linebacker as he goes head-to-head with a former Guthrie teammate and current Cowboy fullback, Kye Staley.
She said, "I think Kye has already been talking a little trash. They're ready but they're good friends. It's all in good fun."
The Brothers' entourage will be donning the gold and black.
Karlos, Kentrell's uncle, said, "That will be one of his biggest achievements in his lifetime, playing in the Cotton Bowl. For me, I'm excited for him."
His grandmother says she will also be in rare form.
She said, "Oh Lord, I'm very rowdy. I am loud. I am up. I am high-fiving and I have to control myself."
She has her prediction for the game.
"Well, I want Kye to do really well. I want OSU to represent but we'll win probably, " she said. "Yes, I'm going to give us seven and that's being nice. I wanted to say 14."