OU football Insider: Dominique Franks looks to raise his draft stock
By Jake Trotter •
Modified: February 15, 2010 at 12:07 am •
Published: February 15, 2010
/articleid/3439624/1/pictures/854551"> OU cornerback Dominique Franks says that even though he's leaving the Sooners early for the NFL Draft, he plans to come back and get his degree. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
The information me and my family got back as far as what coaches were saying, I felt I had a chance to move myself up. (The advisory committee projection has) got me running a 4.5 (40-yard dash). The big question was my overall speed. If that was my biggest knock, then I know I can move up. I know I’m a lot faster than a 4.5.”
→What are you concentrating on during your workouts?
"I’m definitely getting a lot of great work on for the 40. Position drills. DB work. Footwork. Not really a lot of heavy lifting.”
→What’s your favorite OU memory?
"Can I use two? I think it’s a tie between two things. Beating Stanford in the Sun Bowl. In my four years, it was my first bowl win. The other is when we played Texas Tech two years ago. Seeing at the end of the game when we’re up big and then they played ‘Jump Around,’ seeing fans jump around. That was a real special moment for me.”
→Your least favorite memory?
"Losing the national championship to Florida.”
→The week of that game, you made headlines by reportedly suggesting Sam, Colt McCoy and Graham Harrell were better quarterbacks than Tim Tebow. Did you mean to say that, or was it one of those things where everything got out of hand?
"Sometimes you get in front of some of those guys that want to twist your words and make it more trash talk than it was. I talked to Tebow before the game, and he knew it wasn’t me trash talking.”
→Did you realize right away it was going to become a big deal when you said it? Or was it not until you saw some of the headlines?
"Really once I saw the headlines. It wasn’t me ranking Tebow. But they twisted it to make it out to be that. But I wasn’t worried about it. I knew the truth, knew they were going to spin it however they wanted. I just stayed focused to play the game.”
→With you and Brian gone, OU will have to start two new cornerbacks next year. Who do you think will start?
"To be honest, I really don’t know. All I know is that the guys going to be starters will be great OU cornerbacks. There are a lot of young guys competing for the position, fighting for that position. That will make them better players.”
→Considering OU will have to replace both cornerbacks and McCoy at defensive tackle, is it realistic to think next year’s defense will be as good?
"I really believe so. It’s about people buying and really believing in their selves. The talk next year is going to be how good the cornerbacks can be because they haven’t played in a game. But it’s still football. Those guys have been in the system, practicing against the best, going against (Ryan) Broyles, (Dejuan) Miller, Sam, Jermaine. That prepares you to play in the game. Just because those guys won’t have starts under their belts, they’ll be ready for the limelight having gone against our offense. They have a chance to have a great defense.”