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Oklahoma football notebook: Cornerback Dakota Austin keeping chip on shoulder

Rivals considered Austin a two-star prospect, and his offer list included the likes of UNLV, Nevada, Tulsa and UTEP before the Sooners came with a late offer just before signing day 2013.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 6, 2014

Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Dakota Austin never understood why he was so lightly recruited out of Lancaster (Texas) High School.

Rivals considered Austin a two-star prospect, and his offer list included the likes of UNLV, Nevada, Tulsa and UTEP before the Sooners came with a late offer just before signing day 2013.

“You know, I look around and there's people — not here or anybody in particular — but you know, I'm looking around, going to camps and all that, and there are people I feel like I'm way better than, and they have like 20 big offers,” Austin said this week. “They're deciding where they want to go, and I'm struggling. I'll just never forget where I came from and let that drive me all the time.”

Austin saw some action as a true freshman at Oklahoma, proving to himself and others that he was capable of playing in major college football. Now, he’s competing with Julian Wilson, Stanvon Taylor and Cortez Johnson for a starting cornerback spot in 2014.

“Man, that was one of the best days of my life,” Austin said, remembering when OU made its scholarship offer. “I was like, 'Man, I'm finally in. Now it's time to get to work.'

“I feel like everything happened for a reason. If I was highly recruited, I probably wouldn't have had as big a chip on my shoulder as I do now.”

SHEAD SAYS HE’S FULLY HEALTHY

After offseason back surgery, senior offensive guard Adam Shead says he feels better than he’s felt in a long time.

“The first couple of days were a little rougher than the last few,” Shead said. “It was definitely an adjustment. I made the joke a little earlier that I felt like my Spidey senses were kind of gone, meaning football obviously.”

Shead has started 28 career games at left guard, including 10 starts in 2013. He missed the Sooners’ final three games last season because of the back.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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