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Oklahoma football: Aaron Colvin talks NFL Draft, the OU defensive backfield and expectations for next year's Sooners

by Jason Kersey Modified: May 9, 2014 at 10:25 am •  Published: May 9, 2014

Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Aaron Colvin will spend the next two days patiently awaiting his selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The former Oklahoma cornerback might’ve been able to rise into Thursday’s first round before tearing his ACL at the Senior Bowl a little more than three months ago.

I wrote about Colvin’s family, which provided him with a tremendous support system throughout the last few months, for the Friday newspaper. You can read that here.

But there was a lot left over from my conversation with Colvin, so I decided to share that stuff here on the blog.

Q: What are your expectations for the weekend?
A: Just kinda taking it as it comes. Can’t get too high, you can’t get too low about this process. I’ll just be happy when I get on a team. To be honest, I have no idea where I could land. You can’t worry yourself with how high you’ll go in the draft. Whatever comes, you just have to be ready for it and have to be ready to work for your team.

What are you hearing in terms of recovery time?
The plan is to come back during training camp. Probably won’t be full contact during training camp, but I’ll be back on the field doing things with the team. Everything is healing great, healing fast, so we’ll see what happens.

You’re leaving an OU defensive backfield that obviously has a few key people to replace. When you look at the guys battling to take your spot, what do you see?
All of those guys bring something a little different. Dakota (Austin) has that mindset that he’s never gonna get beat, and if he does, he’s gonna come right back at you. As a cornerback, you have to have that confidence and it definitely pays off for him.

Stanvon (Taylor) is a great talent. He does a lot of things right. You don’t necessarily have to worry about Stanvon. He’s gonna get the scheme. He’s gonna get those type of things and he’s gonna perfect his craft.

Cortez (Johnson), he’s had a little bit of experience. He’s been out there and doing some of the things. He’s an older guy, and also he has a great body. When he gets his hands on you at the line of scrimmage, it’s pretty much over with.

All three of those guys can definitely help next year, but it’ll be interesting to see who starts.

Zack Sanchez earned the other starting cornerback spot last year and looks like a budding star. What impressed you the most about him?
Just his willingness to want to go out there and be great. His confidence, I can tell, is definitely growing from this past year. Once you have a cornerback who is confident in his craft, you can’t stop him. He should have a huge year this year. I know he’s working hard to become that No. 1 corner, and I’m pretty positive he’ll do it.

When you reflect back on the Sugar Bowl, what stands out to you about that win? What was the postgame celebration like?
That game, I wasn’t gonna take anything else but a win. I had that right in my mind from the announcement, when they told us we’d be playing Alabama. Me and a couple of the senior leaders determined right there and then that we weren’t gonna lose that game.

That was probably one of the best games of my career, as far as how we won and who we beat, and it’ll definitely always be a memory of mine.

You were on a motivational poster in the Alabama locker room a short time after the Sugar Bowl. What was your reaction to that?
When I saw that I thought it was pretty funny, but all I really cared about was that we won the game. Whatever they need to motivate themselves, whatever they need to do, they can do it. Seeing my face on that isn’t a bad reminder, either.

There are lots of high expectations for next year’s OU team. How good do you think they can be?
They can be excellent. I feel like every year, we have a chance to go all the way. This year, they have a lot of experience coming back and I feel like they have all the pieces to win the national championship. I’m excited for those guys. I can definitely see the confidence when I talk to them. There’s big things in store for them.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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