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OU football: Father helps keep cornerback Aaron Colvin focused on having fun

Colvin's father, Bryant, said: “The night before every game, I call him, encourage him and give him some meditation, thoughts and scriptures. I try to tell him, ‘Just remember, it's a game Make sure you're having fun.'”
by Jason Kersey Published: December 29, 2013

Lockett caught six passes after halftime, but didn't score again.

The time off between Bedlam and Thursday's Sugar Bowl has helped Colvin heal up, but he admitted he's not 100 percent, and that the shoulder still hurts on contact.

Regardless, he plans to play through any pain against Alabama, and it's a good thing for the Sooners. Colvin will need to play a critical role if the Sooners have any hope of slowing down the Crimson Tide offense and its strong air attack, led by Heisman finalist quarterback AJ McCarron and standout receivers Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood.

And despite the various struggles Colvin has experienced this season, he doesn't regret coming back to Oklahoma. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said he believes Colvin's NFL Draft stock has risen, even if his statistics are down.

“His size, his quickness, his strength is all improved,” Stoops said. “That shows on the field. The way he plays has changed, and that's a positive. Every scout that's come through has noticed that. I think that'll show when he gets himself ready to take that next step.”

For now, though, Colvin can focus all his energy on Alabama and the Sugar Bowl, and if he starts fretting this week about his future, he can look forward to a phone call Wednesday that should calm him back down.

“My dad and my mom, they just preached to me not to worry about it,” Colvin said. “Everything is going to take care of itself. … I'm with this football team trying to win a bowl game.”