You have a pair of tattoos on your forearms that read ‘Stay Humble' and ‘Stay Hungry'. What is the deeper meaning of those words?
“Stay humble, stay hungry” is our motto back home. That's just something we grew up and impressed into our lives. That's just the grind, being humble, first and foremost, glory to God and then “stay hungry” is just being on that field, doing all you can to be successful. I'm always hungry, can't lose that appetite, so to speak.
What changed for you during that Iowa State game last year, when you kind of broke out and then remained productive from that point?
I was really out there injury free. Had a lot of nicks and nacks my sophomore year, coming off that concussion. I was running a little bit timid second half of my freshman year. It wasn't the same, I just had to get that rhythm back. When you get injured, you lose reps, so once I got those reps going, I got into game mode in that college football lifestyle and let it come to me. I knew I was capable of it the whole time, so that's what I'm shooting for every game this year.
And how about the play that defines your OU career to this point? That powerful 18-yard game-winning TD run against OSU in overtime last season.
A lot of people are giving me praise for it. But that's what the O-line does, that's what we did the whole day, grind the ball out. Landry (Jones) did a great job that game, as well, I think he threw for 500 yards that game. You know, we broke their willpower and it just so happened to be me in that (game-winning) position, and I stepped up and made that play.
You guys have a real strong nonconference schedule this season. You pumped about that?
I think it's good. It's always good. I feel like the computers hate us, once it goes to that BCS bid. But I think strength of schedule will be good for us, especially with this team, it's going to be a challenge and I'm excited about it.