Can you give us an overview of how you feel and what you’ve been able to do so far and what you hope to do? I felt good at practice yesterday. I got back in it a little bit. Threw a couple balls, a couple passes. It’s just always good to get back in the flow of things and get back out there with my teammates. How much of the decision of whether you’ll play or not is yours? To be honest, I don’t know. I think I have a big percentage of that decision, but I think overall the coaches are going to have to watch the way I practice this week. Ultimately, they’ll probably decide if they feel like I’m ready, if I can help this football team win this week. Where are the doctors in all of this, or are you cleared? I guess I’m clear. Obviously, it really just has to go through the week without any excess soreness after throwing. That’s the big deal. I have to be able to make it through a week without taking any steps back. So as long as that happens, then the doctors are fine. You want to play against Texas. That’s not a game anybody wants to miss. How important is it for you to be back out there this week to play against Texas? I think that definitely is important. Obviously that’s something I’ve talked to (quarterbacks) coach (Josh) Heupel about. To get a game under my belt before Texas would definitely be beneficial to me and for our offense. So there is no chance that you won’t come back? You definitely are going to play? Um, I don’t know if I can give you a definite answer. But I do feel like right now, yes, I will be back at some point. So you’ve been cleared, but you can’t commit to playing? Uh, correct. Because it’s still a process of seeing how it reacts to a full game week of preparation, the amount of throws that it takes to prepare for a game. Were you doing good early last week and then it kind of got sore as the week went along the more throwing you did? Um, yeah. I guess you could say that. I mean, it did get sore as the week went along. I think the main thing was that at the end of the week, I just didn’t feel comfortable with the amount of preparation I had. I think our coaches would tell you the same thing. They just didn’t feel comfortable with the reps that I’d been able to take and the throws that I’d been able to make last week. Everybody talks about you throwing, but how much concern is there about you taking a hit? I really don’t think there’s much concern for me taking a hit. From everything that I’ve received from the doctors, it’s just like taking any other hit. I mean, it can’t do much more damage. The odds of me hurting it now are just like the odds of me hurting it before anything happened to it. Sometimes you have to run and do something else and then throw. Do you have to find that out as well, do you have to experiment with if the arm can handle that? Yeah, that’s part of the whole process, being able to make all the throws. All the throws don’t happen in the pocket. They happen outside the pocket, off balance, you know, where there’s more stress put on your arm. So, I think as the week goes along, I’m going to have to figure out what throws I can and can’t make. Is there a chance you might have to eventually have surgery? Yes, that is still a possibility. Play this year and have it in the offseason? Correct. Is there any way you wouldn’t have to have it? Uh, yeah. Like I said, it’s just all a matter of how my arm reacts to the amount of throws that I have, you know, to the stress that going through a season puts on it. Is that one of the reasons you definitely can’t completely commit to definitely playing, because it might mean surgery earlier so you can be ready earlier? Exactly. Everything, from all the doctors I’ve talked to, it’s all a matter of how my arm reacts. Until I get out there, until I practice, until I make all the throws, until I play in a game, I’m not going to know. And no one’s going to know. When you hear from the peanut gallery of sorts, ‘Oh, he should have gone to the NFL before,’ whatever, is that just sort of silly talk to you? I get the impression that you knew you wanted to come back and that was the end of it? There was no sort of if this happens, then it was a bad decision. Yeah, obviously I knew this was a possibility. I knew from day one that coming back and playing another year, there was a possibility of getting hurt. But I felt like the benefits of coming back and going through another year of college, I felt like they outweighed the risk of coming back and getting hurt. I still feel I made the right decision. There’s no looking back on it now. I can’t change that decision. So there’s really no reason to look back and second-guess myself now. People who would say it’s just a dollars-and-cents decision, would you say that’s only a fraction of the decision? Yeah. I mean, money’s not everything. Obviously, I think some people, they think it is. But to me, there are a lot more things. I dreamed about coming to Oklahoma and playing football. We didn’t have a pro team in Oklahoma, so this was like my pro team. I mean, this is who I wanted to play for. My experience here has been unbelievable. I felt like coming back and adding to that experience would be a great thing for me. One of the major reasons you came back was to win a national championship. That’s gone now. So I think any objective Sooner fan would understand if you said, ‘I’m not gonna play any more this year.’ So why come back? Why even endanger yourself? You’ve won Big 12 titles. Yeah but, you say the national championship’s out of the picture, but what happens if we win nine straight games and we win the Big 12? You know, there’s still a possibility. To win another Big 12 championship and become the first team to win four straight Big 12 championships, I mean, I still think there’s a lot in front of this team. It’d be extremely selfish for me to say, ‘Oh, the possibility of a national championship is slim now, so why come back?’ I’ve spent so many hours with these guys, and for me to say or even think about something like that is just extremely selfish.