Oct 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooner cornerback Aaron Colvin (14) celebrates with the golden hat trophy after the game against the Texas Longhorns during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. The Sooners beat the Longhorns 63-21. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

OU Football: Aaron Colvin returning for senior season

The black cloud hanging over Norman doesn’t seem as dark today. Oklahoma announced today that star cornerback Aaron Colvin will return for the 2013 season.

With the early departure of Tony Jefferson, Colvin will undoubtedly be the leader of the secondary and is arguably Oklahoma’s best player on the defensive side of the ball.

Colvin released this statement today, via Sooner Sports:

“I still have unfinished business at Oklahoma. I’m excited for the opportunity to be back on the field with my teammates in 2013. There are team and individual goals that I’d still like to accomplish at OU.” – Aaron Colvin

The Sooners are thrilled to have Colvin back, and another season may definitely improve his draft stock. Oklahoma’s defense will be a concern next season, but maybe Colvin can provide much needed leadership to a unit that loses not only Tony Jefferson, but the likes Demontre Hurst, Javon Harris, Tom Wort, and the entire defensive line.

Colvin is a huge boost, especially after recording 61 tackles and four interceptions in 2012. The Owasso native had the third most tackles on the team and the second most picks just behind Javon Harris’ six interceptions.

The news is great for Sooner Nation, and it was only a waiting game for the official announcement to come after several OU students reported Colvin was in class today. Bob Stoops seemed to be please with Colvins’ decision.

“I am pleased that Aaron has come to this decision and I believe it’s the right one for him. I believe he has an opportunity to become one of the premier defensive players in the Big 12 and in the country. Hopefully, he will continue to work hard to reach that potential and help us achieve our team’s goals.” – Bob Stoops

The deadline for players eligible for the draft is tomorrow, so Colvin’s decision should have been the last one to truly worry about. This should be the last of news concerning players leaving early, and thankfully, it is good news for a team without much upside next season.

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