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OU football: Aaron Colvin loves life on the 'island'

The Oklahoma senior enjoys the quiet of being left to man of his part of the football field in solitude.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 23, 2013
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NORMAN — Aaron Colvin doesn't mind the loneliness.

The Oklahoma senior enjoys the quiet of being left to man his part of the field in solitude.

“I think any corner does,” Colvin said. “Anytime your coach puts enough trust in you to go out there and play a man one-on-one, you definitely relish that opportunity and you just try to go out there and shut a receiver down.”

For a cornerback, living on an island is both a challenge and a curse.

If Oklahoma's defense is to be improved from what it was a year ago, “Colvin Island” needs to be as desolate a place as possible.

After a junior season where he had 61 tackles, four interceptions and broke up 11 passes, Colvin decided to come back for another season — both to raise his draft stock and lead a Sooners secondary that enters the season with plenty of question marks.

Referring to a cornerback's domain as an island took off with Darrelle Revis' mastery with the New York Jets, though the mentality that led to it seems to stem from Deion Sanders' dominance as a cover corner.

Colvin has brought that same mentality to the Sooners' secondary after moving over from safety before last season.

“It's just winning every matchup,” Colvin said of playing on an island. “Anytime you've got a guy out there that you're lined up against, you want to win that. When you put him on an island, you necessarily don't always have help so you've just got to be technically good and go out there and make plays.”

Last season, Colvin was often left by himself to handle the opposition's top receiver. He still shakes his head when he thinks back on defending West Virginia's Stedman Bailey in a wild 50-49 win.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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