Aaron Colvin, a sophomore from Owasso, has played three of the four positions in the secondary. OU's starting strong safety much of the season, Colvin also has played free safety and cornerback. His versatility allows coaches to mix and match when devising game plans.
You played so many different positions, how difficult a challenge was that?
I'm used to it. It all comes natural. Wherever they put, me that's where I'll play. I do have a couple of positions I prefer to play, but it really doesn't matter. Whatever they need me to do to help the team, that's where I'll play.
What is your favorite position?
Cornerback. I love corner. I love the one-on-one matchup. You have an opportunity to take someone out of the game. I'd love to be a shutdown type of guy. That's the type of challenge I love, to try and shut down one of their best receivers.
Would you be disappointed if you stay at strong safety?
Not at all. I'll play where they need me.
What's the best part of playing in a bowl game?
Going to a new place. We went to Arizona last year, but we weren't in Tempe or the place where we're staying this year. It's sort of like going to a new city. It's a new environment. You always watch film to get ready for the next game, but I like going to new places and switching things up.
Your nickname when you arrived was Slick, given to you by a youth baseball coach. Then it was AC. What do coaches and teammates call you these days?
I get more of Slick. I still get the AC some. Coach (Bob) Stoops called me Slick one day in meetings. I was kind of surprised. Other people starting going with Slick more after he did that. Almost everybody calls me Slick.
How frustrating was it to finish the regular season 9-3 after the goal was to play in the national title game?
It was rough. I was at a high school where 9-3 would be a good season. But coming here there are such high expectations, not only from fans but us as players and coaches. You want to win. You want to win every game. When things don't go your way you have to move on, but it can get hard sometimes.