OU Unfiltered: Devante Bond

Former JuCo transfer has elevated to one of the top players on the Sooners defense

You called the victory against Tennessee a dream. Does it still feel that way?

It’s kind of over now. We have to move on to the next. But I will never forget that game. It was a good experience.

What’s the psyche of the defense right now after two strong performances?

Get better. There’s a lot of things. We know we can be even better. There’s a lot of things we can fix and improve on. We are just trying to improve every day.

Before you came to Oklahoma, did you ever think you’d be on Eric Striker’s level?

Coming here, I planned on being a good player and doing what I could to be as good as I could be. Playing next to Strike, helps me. That’s definitely a good thing.

Do you feel famous? (as teammate Jordan Wade yells from a passing truck, ‘You’re famous!’)

No, I don’t feel famous. I don’t feel famous.

Is this a defense that people could be sleeping on?

We are gonna go out there and be the best we can be. It’s just about us right now. That’s what we preach every day. It’s about us right now. We’re going to do what we can and see what happens.

Does the 11 a.m. kickoff change anything for you?

It doesn’t change much. You get to wake up a little earlier. It’s the same thing. It’s football. . . . You don’t have to wait all day. You aren’t anxious to play all day. You just wake up and you’re ready to go. It can definitely be something. I’m looking forward to it.

You just barely missed an interception against Tennessee?

That hurts. I could have had one, but it’s OK. That’s what I’m doing for this defense, whatever I can.

How good are your hands?

My hands are good. It just didn’t work out for me.

It was just off your fingertips.

It was a fingertip. I wish I had some Odell Beckham’s because he can catch ‘em with his fingertips. I don’t have those.

It’s been a long journey for you from Miami to junior college to Oklahoma. Did you ever feel like giving up?

I wasn’t going to give up. I knew I wasn’t going to give up. I was just trying to figure out what my next move was going to be up. I didn’t know if it was going to be Miami or here or wherever else. It definitely worked out.


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