It isn’t the way he envisioned his last season of college football playing out. Colvin would have been a second-day pick if he opted to enter the NFL draft after his junior season. He returned believing he could elevate his stock.
What he’s done this season may or may not have done that. But what he did against Kansas State displayed a major professional attribute, the ability to play hurt.
“I felt like I had to play. I felt like I had to be there for my teammates,” he said. “There were times when it was tough and I had to really overcome it mentally and go out there and keep playing. But we’ve had too many injuries this year, too many key injuries to guys that are very important to this defense. I couldn’t be another one of those so I had to go out there and just finish it out.”
The Sooners have had a lot of injuries this season. Senior linebacker Corey Nelson was lost to a pectoral injury in early October. Without Colvin, the defense is without either preseason captain.
He chooses to think about that instead of the pain every time he lifts his arm.
“It’s just been an uncomfortable season for him,” Stoops said. “He has really toughed it out and that says a lot about his character and his toughness. It will be the same type of deal two weeks from now. He’s just a fighter and I’m sure he’ll want to play a great game here in a couple weeks.”
Based on the message Colvin sent against Kansas State, he will. What he did against Kansas State sent a message throughout the locker room.
“Just showing the team that we’ve got to do anything it takes to win this game. We’ve got to do anything it takes to win any game so I felt like I needed to go out there and play. I felt like I had to stop some of the bleeding that was going on with the Tyler Lockett situation,” he said. “Regardless of the outcome or what were to happen, I didn’t want to have any regrets.”
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