White ready to start preparing for LSU

OU QB Jason White talks about getting back to Norman and his trip to New York City. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NORMAN, Okla. – Senior quarterback Jason White will return to the practice field Wednesday for the first time since winning the Heisman Trophy. White is ready to get back to the field after a wild weekend in New York after winning the Trophy on Saturday. During his final day in New York, White agreed to talk to OUInsider.com for the Two Minute Drill.

JH: Thanks for talking to us and taking time out of your busy schedule?

JW: "No problem. Thanks for having me."

JH: Jason, you have always been a great guy to deal with and winning the Heisman couldn't happen to a better guy. Congratulations.

JW: "Thanks, I really appreciate it."

JH: Are you still somewhat stunned or has it settled in yet that you are the latest Heisman Trophy winner?

JW: "I am still somewhat stunned, but I have had a lot of time to think about it. The great time that I have had in New York and the people I have met here are incredible. But as far as the whole scope of the award, I am still trying to grasp."

JH: You are such a humble guy, and once again you said that this award is really a team award and belongs to the Oklahoma Sooners You really mean that don't you?

JW: "I definitely think this is a team award. The guys that I am surrounded by and the coaches that I am surrounded by are incredible. If I was playing quarterback for any other team I wouldn't be where I am today."

JH: You brought your medical staff up to the final banquet in New York, and those are guys you have special feelings for.

JW: "Definitely. I made it a point to thank them Saturday night. They have put up with me for two years and Scott Anderson and Jim Hillis have done a great job of getting me back and getting me to where I can play."

JH: How about Jerry Schmidt and his staff?

JW: "The same goes for them. Jim and Scott took care of me in the beginning and then 'Schmitty' and his staff would get after me in the end. I would rather be in there with Jim, because it is a little easier, but Coach Schmidt does a great job and he did a great job of getting me ready to play."

JH: When you accepted your award you could tell you were a little surprised, but considering the fact you were leading in every poll were you really all that surprised?

JW: "I was extremely surprised. I was up there with some great athletes and some great players. They are all going to have bright futures and I didn't think I had a chance. I thought I had a slim chance, but when they called my name I was very surprised."

JH: You've been on a whirlwind tour of New York over the past few days. Can you give us a little something on what you did in New York?

JW: "I haven't had much time to really get out and see the city. Some of the people I have met and some of the banquets I have been do have been incredibly nice."

JH: Is it your first time in New York City?

JW: "Yes."

JH: I understand that either several former Heisman Trophy winners, or just Tony Dorsett, took you out on the town Saturday night. Did sleep much that night?

JW: "I don't know where you heard that. I got some sleep Saturday night. They took me out and showed me a little bit of the city and showed me some places to hang out. We certainly had a good time with it."

JH: You are going to the final banquet tonight, so what are you looking forward to the most?

JW: "It is going to be great as I am going to get to meet a lot of the past winners. It is incredible the people that I have met and the places that I have seen."

JH: You like just being a normal guy, but is it going to be tough to be just a guy now that you are the Heisman Trophy winner?

JW: "I don't think so because my attitude hasn't changed. A lot of the past winners have told me that my life is about to change and I see that in someway. I am looking forward to getting back to Oklahoma, because I am still that one kid from Tuttle."

JH: When you get back you have to get back into the groove. You have finals to take and you have to get back to practice. Are you ready to go?

JW: "Definitely. I am excited to have the opportunity to get back and to get back into the regular schedule of things. I want to get back to the thing that I love doing and that is playing football. I am looking forward to starting preparation for LSU, because it is a big game and I can't get any more excited than I am for that game."

JH: Can you believe that your teammates are actually saying they have missed you at practice?

JW: "I can't wait to get back. I had to make a couple of calls home the last couple of days to just make sure my guys were still there."

JH: Jason, you are not going to believe this but your o-line says they are going to take you out this week instead of you taking them out. Do you believe that?

JW: "Hey, that would be great. I will take a free meal anywhere."

JH: Jammal Brown says that Vince Carter is going to pay for it all. Does Vince have some spare cash or something?

JW: "I don't know how they are going to pay for it, and I really don't care (laughing). I just want to eat."

JH: I bet your mom and dad had a great time didn't they?

JW: "Definitely. It is just great to have my mom and dad up here with me. They have supported me through thick and thin and I am real excited about them being here."

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