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October 11, 2012

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

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NORMAN —

After watching him on Saturday, it’s hard to believe Colvin is in his first season as a starting cornerback. He was OU’s strong safety last season and led the team in tackles. The position switch was made because defensive coordinator Mike Stoops believed Colvin would have more of an impact on the perimeter of the defense.

The Sooners (3-1, 1-1 Big 12) face No. 15 Texas (4-1, 1-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Having cornerbacks that can lock down receivers is an advantage.

“You’ve got to have great corner play to be successful in any league. I don’t think that’s any great revelation, whether it’s in the NFL or college. I feel like we’re getting good play out there on the perimeter, “ OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “That’s going to be a big factor in this game Saturday.”

But what is it that has made Colvin so effective at corner?

He’s not exceptionally big (6-0, 180 pounds). He has good speed, but it’s doubtful anyone will mistake him for an Olympic sprinter.

There isn’t one special attribute. It’s a mixture of many that has put Colvin on a pedestal.

“Aaron is a very complete player. Aaron does way more than cover. He is a very instinctual player. He finds the football quickly. He understands concepts, where help is. That isn’t news to anybody,” Mike Stoops said. “From day one when I saw him once he got healthy, I knew he was a special player.”

The Sooners’ special players always seem to have a major impact in the Red River Rivalry. Colvin will be walking down the Cotton Bowl ramp for the third time. He played well in both those games. But he’s a better player now. That athletic ability is starting to shine through more and more with every game.

“I’m just excited to go out there and play,” Colvin said.

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

 

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