Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders and cornerback Aaron Colvin have accepted invitations to play in the annual Senior Bowl, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala.
Saunders, who transferred to OU from Fresno State between his sophomore and junior seasons, has caught 56 passes this season for 654 yards and six touchdowns, including the game winner in the final minute of the Sooners' upset victory at Oklahoma State to end the regular season.
Saunders has also returned two punts for touchdowns in 2013.
Colvin, an Owasso native, has recorded 49 tackles and an interception this season. He considered leaving college a year early after his junior season in 2012.
COLVIN REFLECTS ON BEDLAM POSTGAME
After the Sooners' 33-24 win at Oklahoma State on Dec. 7, several Oklahoma players stood on the field and taunted Cowboy fans, who threw snowballs back.
Colvin was one of the players talking, and he reflected on the postgame scene Monday.
“Any time you're in a game like that and you win like that at a place that's your rival, it's gonna be like that,” Colvin said. “The fans were kind of in our ear all day. You know, we ignored it throughout the game, but we had a chance to kind of have some fun after we won.
“They were competing for a Big 12 championship, and we kind of stopped that. So I'm sure we'd do the same thing here.”
ALABAMA GUARD LIKELY TO MISS SUGAR BOWL
Alabama senior and starting right guard Anthony Steen had shoulder surgery and will likely miss the Sugar Bowl, according to a CBSSports.com report.
Steen is a three-year starter. He missed the Crimson Tide's win over Colorado State earlier this season after a concussion. Senior Kellen William started that game in Steen's place and would be his likely replacement against the Sooners.
STOOPS ON TEXAS JOB: ‘LET'S NOT GO THERE'
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' name typically comes up when any high-profile job becomes vacant, and one of the biggest football coaching jobs in the nation opened up with Mack Brown's resignation at Texas last weekend.
Stoops, who is 9-6 against the Longhorns in his 15 seasons at Oklahoma, was asked Monday if he expects a call from Texas.
“No, I wouldn't expect it,” Stoops responded.
Asked if he would take a call from the Longhorns, Stoops said, “Let's not go there. … There's no sense in going to that question. Let's talk about the things that are happening.”
Senior center Gabe Ikard, on if there are any downsides to playing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl:
“No, not really, unless we get beat by 100, which I don't plan on doing. It's a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved in the program. It's going to be fun to be able to play the best in college football.”