Huggins speaks out; insists all is fine

Conway, S.C. wide receiver commit Eric Huggins talks about talks about the rumors of his injury, the pressure fans are putting on him for leaving the state and his expectations for his freshman season.

The Internet rumors that 2005 Sooner wide receiver commitment Eric Huggins of Conway, S.C., had broken his leg on Monday morning spread quicker than a punt return by Antonio Perkins.

Yet, while OU fans buzzed about that speculation, the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder, who caught 51 passes for 932 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, was completely oblivious to it.

He said he had just finished up a routine morning workout on Monday when he received a call from Conway High School wide receivers coach Tyler Palisin about the misinformation.

"I had no idea until then," said Huggins. "A teammate of mine broke his kneecap playing basketball, but how my name got in that, I don't even know. I don't even play basketball and I'm as healthy as I've ever been. But that's just typical of people really not knowing what's going on with me."

In an attempt to set the record straight, Huggins granted a rather candid, exclusive interview to OUInsider.com recently in which he addressed a variety of topics.

OUInsider.com: Monday's rumor wasn't the first and likely won't be the last involving you. Why is that?

Huggins: "Probably because I didn't go to Clemson or South Carolina. That's what I think it is. Everything that's bad is coming from Clemson or South Carolina, but mainly Clemson. It's not coming from the coaches or anything, but it's the fans and people out there writing stuff on the Internet."

OUInsider.com: Is there any merit to those complaints?

Huggins: "No, it's all sour grapes. I had to do what is best for me and that's going to Oklahoma. It was my decision not to go to Clemson or South Carolina. Nobody forced me into making my commitment. I did it on my own."

OUInsider.com: Are you growing tired of the attention surrounding your commitment to Oklahoma?

Huggins: "Yeah, because most of it's bad. Every day there's something new on the Internet that I hear about me. I can't defend myself all the time, especially on the Internet, but I shouldn't have to do that either. This isn't supposed to be a nightmare."

OUInsider.com: How do you cope with that negativity?

Huggins: "I keep myself occupied by lifting weights, throwing the ball or running routes. I try not to think about it, but that's hard with people always talking."

OUInsider.com: What have you been doing this summer?

Huggins: "A lot of working out. I workout twice every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, plus I play in a 7-on-7 passing league on Tuesdays and Thursdays."

OUInsider.com: How are you faring in that league?

Huggins: "We've got a new quarterback, but I'm doing my thing. We're good."

OUInsider.com: What are your goals for the summer?

Huggins: "I just want to get bigger and stronger. I'm trying to get to at least 200 (pounds) before the season starts."

OUInsider.com: How often do you talk with OU wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt?

Huggins: "At least every two weeks. We talk about how everything is going with the players there (in Norman) and what they're doing."

OUInsider.com: What else do the two of you discuss?

Huggins: "We talk about me being ready to compete to get on the field as a freshman. I already knew that, so I'll be ready when I get there."

OUInsider.com: What are your expectations for your freshman year?

Huggins: "I just want to play. I know it'll take a lot of work, but I think I could start as a freshman."

OUInsider.com: What are your thoughts on the recent commitment of wide receiver Manuel Johnson to OU?

Huggins: "I heard he's 5-foot-11, so he's a smaller guy. The only other thing I know is that the coaches say he can fly."

OUInsider.com: For Sooner fans that haven't seen you play, how would you describe your game?

Huggins: "I'm fast and I try to be as physical as I can be. I catch almost every pass thrown my way and have quick feet."

OUInsider.com: In what area(s) do you need the most improvement?

Huggins: "Catching the short pass and running it long. I like to dance a lot. I need to learn to make one move and then cut up the field. That's my problem."

OUInsider.com: When will you graduate?

Huggins: "I'm not eligible to graduate early, so I'll be finished next May."

OUInsider.com: Do you know when you will take your official visit to OU?

Huggins: "No, I don't. But it'll probably either be for the Texas Tech or Nebraska game."

OUInsider.com: You have made it well known that you won't be taking any other official or unofficial visits except to OU. How much will that trip mean to you?

Huggins: "I can't wait to get back there. It's so much fun. I just don't want to drive this time."

OUInsider.com: What is the latest on your teammate Hivera Green and his interest in OU?

Huggins: "We are waiting on OU to offer him, but they're not offering him right now. I don't know why they're waiting, but they said they're going to offer him, but we don't know when. We're just waiting on them."

OUInsider.com: If OU does offer Green, what do you predict will happen?

Huggins: "I think he'll commit to OU, because he wants to go there too."

OUInsider.com: Are any schools still contacting you?

Huggins: "No, they've stopped and I hope it doesn't pick back up."

OUInsider.com: What school(s) pursued you the hardest?

Huggins: "Florida State. They told me it was early for me to make my commitment and that I was going too far away from home. They told me to stay in-state or to consider them, because they're closer to home than Oklahoma. But that doesn't matter, because anywhere you go, you're going to be homesick."

OUInsider.com: Last question, how excited are you about being a Sooner?

Huggins: "I'm really happy. I never would have thought I would have been going there to tell you the truth. But for it to happen means a lot."

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