- The pain comes and goes for Aaron Colvin. The Oklahoma cornerback's injured shoulder might flare up while sitting in class, walking to a team meeting or hanging out with the guys. It hurts worse when it's cold and it's going to be frigid Saturday when No. 18 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12 Conference) plays at No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1). But Colvin doesn't regret - not for a second - his decision to bypass the NFL draft and return for his senior season with the Sooners. Games like the Bedlam showdown are what he came back to Oklahoma for and he plans on toughing it out until the football season ends. "I came back to win games," Colvin said. "I came back to try to help this team win as many games as I could. I'm a competitor at the end of the day. I can't sit on the sideline and just watch something. If I don't give it my all, then I'm going to have regrets and that's one of my biggest things. I don't want to have any regrets when I leave this university. "It's a tough situation that I'm in. But at the end of the day, I've just got to leave it in God's hands and try to grind through it."
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops calls Colvin "truly one of the best defensive backs we've ever had here." Colvin said his injury will just need time to heal and that he doesn't know yet if he might be at 100 percent for the Sooners' bowl game. There's also the prospect of next year's NFL draft, during which he figures to be chosen at some point. It was suggested to him that his willingness to play through pain might be considered an asset by pro scouts. "That'd be cool," he said. "To be honest, though, I'm just trying to get these wins. I'm trying to finish out strong. I don't want to finish out how we finished out last year (with a bowl loss to Texas A&M). Whatever it takes, that's what I'm going to do." - AP Sports
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Colvin has NFL talent, but he needs to harness it and eliminate the mistakes that have plagued him in high profile matchups.
Strengths: Physical corner with a tough-minded approach against the run and in coverage.
Weaknesses: Aggressive mentality can get him in trouble in coverage, drawing pass interference penalties with his hands-on approach. Susceptible to biting on play-fakes.