/articleid/3393824/1/pictures/653260"> OU safety Sam Proctor (27) is replacing Nic Harris, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, in the starting lineup this year. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
A five-step drop, you can think a longer pass, stuff like that. By playing quarterback, now I’m able to be the safety and see the quarterback, see his little tactics and recognize what type of play could be coming out.
→What’s been your best moment at OU?
A lot of great moments, but going to the national championship last year. I didn’t get to play defense, but getting to play on special teams, and made a tackle and got my name called at the national championship game. That was a big moment for me.
→What do people need to know about Sam Proctor the person?
Sam Proctor the person is a very spiritual guy. I believe in meditation, I believe in prayer. I believe in reading a lot of scriptures for mental strength, spiritual strength. That’s what helps push me through my day.
→What scriptures do you read?
Psalms 27, Psalms 62, Psalms 121 are some of my favorites.
→What do very few people know about Sam Proctor?
Single parent home (with) my mother. I have two older sisters and a younger brother. My father passed at a young age. I’ve basically been the man of my house since I was like 7 or 8, if you can grasp that.
→How did that help prepare you for life as an adult?
That was the biggest thing that could ever happen in my life. Without that happening, I don’t believe I’d be at the point where I’m at today. That change in my life at that age ultimately prepared me to push myself and better myself to be where I’m at right now.
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