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October 11, 2012

Sooner Colvin’s value to defense can’t be easily measured

NORMAN — The Big 12 Conference’s reputation for offense continues to snowball. Its teams continue to put up massive offensive numbers. Nevertheless, the highlight play of the first six weeks of the season wasn’t a miraculous catch by a wide receiver.

Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin’s leaping pick of Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege at the line of scrimmage last week will be hard to top.

“That was an athletic play,” OU cornerback Demontre Hurst said. “For him to jump in the air and catch a ball like that was pretty impressive.”

It’s a player like Colvin who may separate the 13th-ranked Sooners from the rest of the Big 12’s defense. OU has defensive backs who are making plays that rival some of the league’s outstanding receivers. Colvin could be the best of the bunch.

“He’s a great cover guy. He’s a great athlete. He’s got great ball skills. And he’s highly competitive,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “He’s a guy who takes pride every day in how he plays. Even out there against the scout team, he can’t stand it if they catch one ball on him. He’s really playing great.”

The Sooner coach said after the Texas Tech game that Colvin has the ability to be as good or better than any defensive back who has played at OU. When you consider the program has produced three Jim Thorpe Award winners (Rickey Dixon, Roy Williams and Derrick Strait), it’s incredibly high praise.

“It’s definitely motivating but at the same time, I remember I had trouble being humble about certain situations,” Colvin said. “I’ve been at the worst ends of that. I’m definitely taking that as a motivator and I’m very appreciative of that, but I still have a lot of learning to do.”

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