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November 3, 2013

OU faces uncertainty at linebacker



“We can’t worry about that,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “We’ve played in tough environments before — Missouri, Florida State, Notre Dame was a big-time game. We’ve been in these situations before.”

Most of OU’s games at Baylor typically feature thousands of Sooners fans in attendance. Colvin hopes that trend continues Thursday.

“I think they will,” he said when asked if a healthy contingent of Sooner fans will be at Thursday’s game. “Our fans have been so supportive this year. We had tons of fans at Notre Dame and that was a long flight. I’m definitely thinking our fans will show up and we appreciate them.”

Bullseye: Texas Tech went after OU cornerback Zack Sanchez last week and found some success. Sanchez even Tweeted after the game how disappointed he was in his play.

But he doesn’t believe his struggles last week will give Baylor pause.

“I don’t think Baylor cares who you are. They’re gonna test you regardless,” he said. “But it’s just up to me to be ready for the challenge. I mean, I know it’s coming, especially with the history. I’ve got it in my head that they’re probably going to take extra shots at me. But it’s something you’ve got to be prepared for and something I’m excited about it.”

Been a while: The Baylor game will be OU’s regular-season game on a day other than Saturday since 2007. The last time was OU’s 2007 game at Tulsa, which was played on a Friday.

The Sooners haven’t played on a Thursday since the 1992 season opener at Texas Tech.

Most of OU’s players had a few high school games on Thursday night. OU safety Quentin Hayes said there were Thursday games in hometown of Lancaster, Texas, but not at the varsity level.

“Not since JV,” he said Saturday when asked when was the last time he played on a Thursday night. “Since my freshman year of high school, that’s the last time I played on Thursday.”

John Shinn

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