“I absolutely believe it did,” Nelson said. “We had conversations, multiple conversations, just throughout the season, just talking about how frustrated he was, and how frustrated I was at times.”
That frustration led Nelson — who Bob Stoops said two springs ago looked like “the best player out there on defense ... In fact, it's not even close” — to entertain similar thoughts.
“I thought about it,” Nelson said. “I put it in God's hands ... God just told me it was the best decision for me to stay another year because my teammates need me.”
Coaches are glad Nelson decided to stay. He's one of Oklahoma's three defensive seniors — along with defensive backs Aaron Colvin and Gabe Lynn — with significant experience.
Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops admitted last week that his late-2012 schemes “did a little bit of injustice to our linebackers,” but said the spread-out offenses he faced left him with few better ideas.
“When you're going against four wideouts 70 percent of the game, that's extraordinary and it limits some of the things these guys can do,” Mike Stoops said. “We're gonna try to keep two linebackers on the field as much as we can in each situation.”