NORMAN — Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin admitted last week being “very close” to skipping his senior season and entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
“I can't lie,” Colvin said. “It was a very, very hard decision for me.”
He said he went to this parents “two or three times a day” for advice over the two weeks he was mulling the decision.
Colvin was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season, when he recorded 52 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions and four pass breakups for the 10-3 Sooners.
He played corner as a true freshman, moved to safety as a sophomore and switched back before his junior season. He's started 26 career games.
Colvin spoke to reporters after practice last Thursday about his decision, spring football and his goals for 2013.
How do you feel about being the only experienced player in the secondary?
“It's been somewhat of a challenge. You have to be more patient. You have to remember that I was a young guy once too, so I always have to have that in the back of my head. I'm trying to lead more by example, but at the same time if a guy needs stepping on, I'll do that as well. I've had to step up more and talk more and be more vocal, but it's been good.”
What's it been like working with Bobby Jack Wright?
“It's been good. He actually recruited me. I expected to come in here and play for him. But some things happened. Coach Wright is a character. You never really know what to expect.”
Coach Wright said he's been impressed by your work ethic this spring. Did maximizing your potential play a big role in your decision to return?
“Of course. If I would have left, I would be doing the same thing. You are always going to get maximum effort out of me. I'm trying to be one of the best there is out here. That's my goal. I got a lot of high goals and if I want to accomplish some of these goals that I've set for myself, I have to get better every day.”
Is there where your focus starts this spring?
“Exactly. To accomplish some things that I accomplished last year was good. I accomplished a lot of those goals, but I've raised that bar and I have higher expectations of myself.”
Do you have specific goals?
“I've wanted to accomplish being an all-conference and All-American. I want to be Jim Thorpe … you know, all the things other DBs want to do. Personally, I have some personal goals that I have set for myself as well.”