Still, Colvin flew under the national radar. It’s hard to be viewed as an elite defensive back when the defense was giving up big plays throughout the second half of the season.
Colvin believes that will change this season. It’s the second year with Stoops coordinating the defense. There’s no longer an adjustment phase for him or the defense.
“I feel like we’re more comfortable. I feel like guys are out there and we’re flying around because we know what coach Mike expects,” he said. “He just expects you to go out there and play hard and make plays. As a defensive back, that’s what you’re taught to do. You’re taught to go out there and lock up your dude and make plays. Coach Mike, he allows you just to go out there and play and I love that about him.”
Going out and playing is something Colvin does well. This season is the chance to prove he’s one of the college game’s elite cornerbacks.
That opportunity that pushed him back to OU.
“It was about half and half. You know, I have to look to my future, and what’s best for me and my family, but at the same time, I wanted to look at the goals that I set for myself before I even came here,” Colvin said. “A lot of those goals are still out there — actually, all of my goals are still out there — but you know, they’re still in reaching distance. That’s what I’m shooting for this year, and I wanted to finish with my brothers. I want to go out with a bang. I didn’t want to go out like we did last year. That’s what we’re working for.”
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