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Oklahoma football: Q&A with Dimitri Flowers

Dimitri Flowers arrived in Norman in January hailed as the replacement for do-everything Trey Millard. Flowers is still two weeks from playing in his first game but he’s certainly looked the part so far.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 17, 2014


photo - Fullback Dimitri Flowers (36) goes through drills during the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) football practice at the rugby fields in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Fullback Dimitri Flowers (36) goes through drills during the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) football practice at the rugby fields in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“It was. I was classified as an athlete. In high school, I was never hand-in-the-ground. I was also the running back, quarterback and receiver. Oklahoma found me. Luckily they did and I’m here.”

Some recruits shy away from being labelled a fullback.

“It was more of a “we’re looking to make you this guy.” It wasn’t a certain position. So when I looked up Trey and watched his highlights, he was all over the field, all the time. It was something I felt like I could step in and do.”

Was that a recruiting tool no one else had?

“I would have to say so. Oklahoma brought the versatility that impacted the most.”

Who is mentoring you here?

“I look up to (Aaron) Rip(kowski) mainly. He has been there the longest. Blake (Bell), he just knows the offense coming from quarterback. I look at those two mainly.”

Does your mentality change when you have to put your hand in the ground?

“It’s different. You can’t go in there on your toes or do any of that stuff. You have to follow technique and listen what the coaches say. You just got to play. You’ve got to want it, really.”

What was it like getting so much action in the spring game?

“I really did not expect that at all. I really expected to go with the second group and just play. I was ready to go. It was exciting. It was really exciting.”

Have you picked up where you left off in the spring?

“I feel like I know the offense now since I was here in the spring. It was just turning the page, basically, and going right back where I was.”

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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