OU lineman Adam Shead: ‘Got to hunker down' in the red zone

WELCOME TO MY WORLD — University of Oklahoma offensive lineman Adam Shead talked to The Oklahoman about starting his first game and the o-line's efforts in the red zone.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: October 21, 2011

With Stephen Good out of the lineup last week against Kansas, that opened the door for Oklahoma redshirt freshman Adam Shead to make his first start at left guard. Shead talked about getting more experience – and the attitude the Sooners' big uglies need in the red zone.

It's something that you definitely think about (once you're in the red zone). You've got to come off the ball, more and more. You've got the ball down there. You've got to punch it in. You've got to hunker down, get your pads lower.

When I got the news I would be starting, or playing more, in this past game, I kind of relaxed. I kind of took a deep breath. Sometimes what people tend to do, what I tend to do, is over-think things and it makes me not perform the way that I want to. So I just kind of sat back and took a deep breath and focused on settling down.

I knew I had to step up. That's always in the back of your mind. You think, ‘OK, I've got to step up now.' You've just got to take a deep breath and, you know, just play football and have fun. That's what we're out here to do, is have fun. I think sometimes people forget that.

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