IRVING, Texas — Kenny Stills admits being a little upset when he first noticed kids around Oklahoma were styling their hair in his signature black-and-blonde mohawk.
These days, though, as Stills prepares to play in Friday's Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M — which might be his final game in a Sooner uniform; he's considering the 2013 NFL Draft — the junior is humbled by the imitation.
Stills, from California, talked this week about Sooners quarterback Landry Jones, being noticed around town and his unmistakable hair.
I feel like (Landry Jones has) been here a long time and he just wants to go out on a high note. We want to make sure we got out there and not put anything out there sloppy for people to see. We want to go out and execute and play well.
It was obviously a big part of me coming here, knowing that Landry was going to be here at least two years. I was thankful that Landry came back and played with us this year. We just want to send all our seniors out on the right note.
When I'm going around Norman, I usually try to wear a hood or a hat, just to kinda save from being stopped here and there, especially if you're just trying to go from practice to go home, just to catch some shut-eye. But ... people here are amazing, and they love their football team.
Every time I see (kids imitating the hair), it kinda cracks me up. The first time I saw it, I think it might've been a little bit mad, just because I wanted it to be my thing. But ever since then, I've kinda grown into being in awe of it. Having respect for the kids that are out there doing the same thing. I've always rooted on kids that do what they want to do and are being who they want to be.
I wouldn't say flattering. More humbling than anything. I talk to Tony about it; I talk to the other guys about it all the time. You never dream of having somebody do something like that. The position that I've been put in here, and the games I've had an opportunity to play in are just ... that's not something you ever really dream about as a kid.
I can walk into Walmart in California and not really get mentioned for being a football player. But I have a lot of family and friends. I moved a lot when I was in California, so I know a lot of people everywhere. During the break, there wasn't a spot that I went to where I didn't run into somebody I knew. People are happy to see us doing well and representing San Diego County well.