Oklahoma football notebook: Sophomore Derek Farniok happy with progress

Sophomore offensive tackle Derek Farniok was thrust into action when starter Tyrus Thompson was injured at Kansas State, and then started the Sooners' Bedlam win two weeks later.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 21, 2013


Last season, Northern Illinois sneaked into the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and earned a bid to one of the elite bowl games, pushing Oklahoma out of a likely Sugar Bowl berth.

This year, though, the Sooners did receive an at-large Sugar Bowl bid, and for the players who felt slighted a year ago, it's especially sweet.

“It feels great to make it to a BCS game,” said senior cornerback Aaron Colvin. “I felt kind of … snubbed last year. It's gonna be a great experience.”

But Colvin also said he's mostly focused on finishing his career strong, and said as a captain and leader, he'll remind his teammates of the Sooners' embarrassing Cotton Bowl defeat last January.

“I'll definitely stay in these guys' ears about that if I see some slacking off or if I see some guys getting complacent just because we made it to a BCS bowl,” Colvin said. “That's not OK, and I don't want to finish anything like we did last year.”


Junior quarterback Blake Bell, on his up-and-down season:

“You've just gotta try to keep cool and keep on that steady plane. … The game of football is weird. You're gonna have times when you're up and times when you're down. You've just gotta figure out a way to have more ups and kinda keep your cool through it all.”

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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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