Oklahoma junior safety Tony Jefferson received his grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.
But he isn't talking about it.
“Yeah, I got it,” Jefferson said. “But I'm not talking about the grade.”
Was he happy with the grade?
“It was cool,” he responded.
ESPN.com currently ranks Jefferson as the fifth-best 2013 safety prospect. Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., has said Jefferson could possibly sneak into the first round.
Jefferson led Oklahoma with 113 tackles through the 2012 regular season and is preparing for Friday's Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. He's played much of the season on a bum ankle, which he sprained in OU's Sept. 8 win over Florida A&M, and said the month between the Sooners' regular-season finale and the Cotton Bowl has been helpful.
“You know, you get a high ankle sprain, it takes about six-to-eight weeks to heal,” Jefferson said. “I didn't really get a chance to do it because we had a game every week. But it's not about being injured and stuff. You've gotta fight through those type of things.”
Jefferson is one of four OU juniors — along with Aaron Colvin, Trey Millard and Kenny Stills — giving serious consideration to the 2013 draft.
HEUPEL REFLECTS ON 2000 A&M WIN
Josh Heupel led Oklahoma to the 2000 national championship as its quarterback, finishing second in that season's Heisman Trophy balloting.
Among the most memorable games that season was Nov. 11 at Texas A&M, a team Heupel meets in Friday's Cotton Bowl Classic as OU's co-offensive coordinator.
Heupel struggled through much of the 2000 game on Kyle Field. Texas A&M led 24-13 entering the fourth quarter, and Oklahoma's prolific offense had managed only one touchdown to that point.
OU pulled to within three points with around eight minutes left; that's when linebacker Torrance Marshall picked off a Mark Farris pass and returned in 41 yards for the go-ahead, game winning touchdown.
“It speaks to who that team was,” Heupel said. “How we approached every game, every week. One-game mentality. Toughness, competitiveness and belief in each other that allowed us to go on and win a championship.”
IKARD WOULD PREFER ONE POSITION
Oklahoma junior offensive lineman Gabe Ikard came to Oklahoma a tight end, moved to offensive guard and then played center last season when Ben Habern was injured.
When Habern decided to prematurely end his career in late July, Ikard became the Sooners' center again.
Then in the regular-season finale at TCU, when sophomore guard Adam Shead left the game injured, Ikard shifted back to guard, and true freshman Ty Darlington played center.
“It's definitely more comforting when you're only going to play one position,” Ikard said. “The guys go down or guys are a little hobbled, you've got to do what coaches ask you to do.
“I'm usually that utility guy that gets to some random spot. It's just the way coach (James) Patton wants me to do it.”
Oklahoma junior cornerback Aaron Colvin, on his 8:30 a.m., media session New Year's Day.
“It's hurting. I love ya'll, but not today.”