Oklahoma football: Sooners fueled by negative energy

Many former Oklahoma greats haven't held back when assessing the current OU team. But the players at Big 12 Media Days said the comments will motivate them to play harder this season.
by Jason Kersey Modified: July 24, 2013 at 9:30 am •  Published: July 23, 2013

— Oklahoma's three Big 12 Media Days representatives — seniors Aaron Colvin, Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard — aren't oblivious to the harsh criticism levied at their team by former Sooners over the past several months.

“Sometimes it can get to you, but you can't feed into that negative energy,” said Colvin, an All-Big 12 cornerback last season. “You can't bring it into your own game or your own team because it'll destroy it.”

Since the Sooners' embarrassing 41-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M, many former Oklahoma greats haven't held back when asked about the program they love. Colvin, Ikard and Millard all admitted being a little hurt by the criticism, but added that it has motivated them to play harder in 2013.

“They have their own opinions; I'm sure past players had opinions of them when they played,” Millard said. “You've just gotta play with a chip on your shoulder. Especially when some of them were saying that we were soft and stuff. ... I take that personally and just try to prove that's not how I am as a player or we are as a team.”

Spencer Tillman, a Sooners running back on the 1985 national championship team, ripped OU on Twitter after the Cotton Bowl, writing the team looked “disinterested and soft” and that it was “time to clean house.”

Roy Williams was an All-American safety on Bob Stoops' early teams and is regarded as one of the greatest players in program history. He said in an April interview that OU had lost its “dog mentality,” then took a jab at the team's popular in-stadium pregame video, adding, “You can't claim that there's only one OU if you're not playing like it.”

Most recently, Brian Bosworth — a two-time Butkus Award winning linebacker in the mid-1980s — said OU's defense has “lost a lot of our bite” in an interview with the Tulsa World earlier this month.

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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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