NEW ORLEANS — Bryant Colvin thinks back to his days as a Little League parent and acknowledges being too hard on his son Aaron.
“I was probably a little bit too serious,” he said. “Just living and learning, I finally realized that the best way to play well is to have fun.”
After that revelation, Bryant began a tradition that he'll continue this week, when Oklahoma meets No. 3 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, the final game of his son's college football career.
“The night before every game, I call him, encourage him and give him some meditation, thoughts and scriptures,” Bryant Colvin said. “I try to tell him, ‘Just remember, it's a game. Make sure you're having fun. It's no good if you're not having fun.'”
Aaron Colvin is having a lot more fun now than he was at this time a year ago. He went through Cotton Bowl preparations weighing the pros and cons of entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
“Last year, I did have some things on my mind,” Colvin said. “I know what it is now. I know where I'm headed. I've really tried to enjoy myself in this last year.
“At the end of the day, I'm just going to have fun and play football. … Sometimes I can over think and worry too much about things.”
Colvin's senior season hasn't gone exactly according to plan, though. He was named a first-team All-Big 12 cornerback for the second straight year, but also missed lots of time while battling a head injury, a nagging shoulder problem and turf toe.
He's only intercepted one pass compared to four last year, but in several games, he's been successful in locking down one side of the field, and opposing quarterbacks have more often thrown the other way.
Colvin didn't start Oklahoma's Nov. 23 win at Kansas State because of the painful shoulder injury, but after Kansas State star Tyler Lockett caught six passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, coaches turned to Colvin to stop the bleeding.