NORMAN — Oklahoma senior cornerback Aaron Colvin has any number of reasons to sit out Saturday morning, when his team meets archrival Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
His injured shoulder feels only marginally better than it did last week. OU is eliminated from the Big 12 championship hunt, and Colvin still has the potential for a bright NFL future.
“I've got a lot of voices in my ears and whatnot, but it's ultimately my decision,” Colvin said when asked if he's considered sitting out to let his shoulder heal. “Anytime somebody tries to give their opinion on something I kinda ignore it. I know what's best for me. I know what's best for this team. At the end of the day, I've just gotta do what's right.”
And for Colvin, what's right is finishing his Oklahoma football career in the best way possible. That's why he fought through intense pain at Kansas State two weeks ago, playing virtually the entire second half to help slow down Wildcats receiver Tyler Lockett after he abused OU's young corners through the first two quarters.
Lockett caught six passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. After the break — with Colvin locked on Lockett — he caught another six passes, but for 72 yards and no scores.
“It's tough when you have two young corners out there,” senior safety Gabe Lynn said of redshirt freshman Zack Sanchez and sophomore Cortez Johnson. “I think Aaron kinda calmed the storm a little bit.”
Sophomore linebacker Frank Shannon added: “I have a lot of respect for a player like that. That just shows he's got love for the game. He's not gonna let one little injury hurt him or nothing like that. He's gonna keep on playing.”
Colvin said he was in a “ton of pain” against Kansas State, and that he knows he won't be 100 percent by the time the Sooners travel to face the red-hot Cowboys in Stillwater.
Asked if the shoulder weighs on his mind when he's going to make tackles, Colvin admitted that it does.
“As much as I would try to deny it and say that it doesn't, it does,” Colvin said. “There's always a possibility of doing something worse to it, or whatever it is that's already done. It's always in the back of your mind, but you've gotta try your hardest not to think about it.”
Colvin considered skipping his senior season at Oklahoma and entering last April's NFL Draft, and said he isn't about to let a nagging shoulder injury keep him from finishing out his senior season.
“It can be tough, but this is why I came back,” Colvin said. “I'm a competitor at the end of the day. I can't sit on the sideline and just watch something. If I don't give it my all, then I'm gonna have regrets. That's one of my biggest things is I don't wanna have any regrets when I leave this university.”