OU football notebook: Aaron Colvin encouraged fellow defensive back Zack Sanchez

Colvin told the redshirt freshman to keep his head up, that good things were going to happen. Colvin was right.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 1, 2013

After Oklahoma's defensive backfield struggled mightily in the first half at Kansas State, senior cornerback Aaron Colvin gave redshirt freshman Zack Sanchez a halftime pep talk.

“I told him some things are going to happen, but you've got to keep your head up and you've got to try to make a play the next play,” Colvin said. “I said his play's going to come in time, and he made that play. I already knew it was gonna happen.”

The play came early in the fourth quarter, when Sanchez picked off a Jake Waters pass and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown to help seal the Sooners' 41-31 victory.

SHEPARD'S RETURN WAS IMPORTANT

Sophomore receiver Sterling Shepard missed Oklahoma's win over Iowa State two weeks ago with a concussion, but he was back in action last weekend at Kansas State.

Shepard caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in the victory. He was injured after sustaining a brutal hit at Baylor.

“You lose Sterling, you have to shuffle your pieces of the puzzle around more than you want to,” said co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. “Having him back was a big help for us. Just his consistency, his ability to make plays inside.”

QUOTABLE

Sophomore defensive end Charles Tapper, on what the Bedlam game means to him:

“It's one of the biggest rivalry games in the country. Going against an in-state rival, that's gonna mean a lot to the fans. The fans mean a lot to us, so satisfying the fans means a lot to me.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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