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Walk-On Wednesday: Oklahoma senior defensive back Brandon Young

by Jason Kersey Modified: September 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm •  Published: September 3, 2014


photo - Oklahoma defender Brandon Young (38) breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Trey Metoyer (17) during the annual Oklahoma spring intra-squad NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma defender Brandon Young (38) breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver Trey Metoyer (17) during the annual Oklahoma spring intra-squad NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

No, you don’t. It’s a team atmosphere. Whether you’re a walk-on or a five-star recruit athlete, we’re all family and all treat each other like family. That’s the thing about OU that makes it so special. It’s kinda like a fraternity.

What are goals that you set for yourself?

You definitely do have to work harder to prove yourself. I try to set weekly goals for myself, get better at something that maybe I wasn’t as good at last week. Last year, I played a little bit, so that was a good experience.

Who are some players you’ve learned from and looked up to since being here?

(Aaron Colvin) has definitely been a leader I looked up to over the years. Gabe Lynn. Kass Everett. Dudes like Tony Jefferson. Big-time players that have come through this program and been successful. They’ve definitely been leaders. They treated me like a brother.

The NCAA loosened up restrictions on meals and snacks recently, and walk-ons are also allowed unlimited food. How much does that help?

It helps a ton. Going from practice to practice, you lose a lot, so being able to get that nutrition throughout the day really helps a lot. Being able to leave here with food when you go home after a hard, heavy practice really makes a difference.

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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