Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Crimson Countdown: CB Aaron Colvin
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.
OU cornerback Aaron Colvin will be counted on as a leader for the defense in 2013.
Impact thus far: Colvin has been a versatile impact player since he arrived in Norman in 2010. He is a special player who should leave an outstanding legacy behind when he moves on to the NFL.
He has played in 38 games -- starting five -- including 24 games in the past two seasons at two different positions. He led the Sooners with 84 tackles while playing safety in 2011, then moved to cornerback and earned All-Big 12 honors in 2012. He has 170 career tackles including 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, four interceptions, 20 pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Expectations for 2013: He’s expected to be OU’s best defensive player and one of the nation’s top cornerbacks. His coverage abilities should make Mike Stoops’ task of defending Big 12 offenses a little bit easier.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Colvin has an All-American season and battles to become the Thorpe Award winner with his terrific play. He impacts games, even though teams rarely test him, and helps OU's young secondary have success despite its youth.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Colvin doesn’t make the natural progression and improvement as a senior as he had in his first three years on campus. As a result he plays like an average player instead of a special one and the defense as a whole suffers.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Colvin: A. This should be a 100-percent grade with bonus points. Colvin wasn’t highly regarded when he was signed, but he has played like an elite recruit from day one. The Sooners did a terrific job recognizing the potential of Colvin when some others did not.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Colvin: A. OU recognized it had a special talent on their hands immediately and played him as a true freshman, even starting him in the Red River Rivalry as a true freshman. Then, knowing it had a solid set of corners with Jamell Fleming and Demontre Hurst in 2011, OU moved Colvin to safety as a sophomore because he was too talented to have standing on the sideline. The Sooners' handling of Colvin’s development has been flawless.