Two Minute Drill: Donta Hickson

Oklahoma junior running back Donta Hickson (pictured above) talks about his emergence during the Sooners' 31-7 win over Oregon. Hickson's 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the Sooners up 17-0.

Junior Donta Hickson had his finest moment as a Sooner when he rambled 25-yards for a touchdown against Oregon. It was surprising that he got the call in a reserve role ahead of freshman D.J. Wolfe when junior Kejuan Jones went down with an ankle injury.

OU running back coach Cale Gundy said that Hickson got the call because he understood the pass protections better against the type of defense that Oregon was using. From there, Hickson made the most of his opportunity.

In my locker room report I failed to mention Hickson's fine day and I was told that I didn't give Donta any love. Well, here is the love and here is an OUInsider Two Minute Drill with one of the Sooners finest citizens.

JH: Donta, I don't know if you are aware of it, but you have a big fan base following you on What do you think about that?

DH: "Well, thanks a lot. I had no idea that I had anybody wanting to write or talk about me. It is an honor that anybody knows me at all. I don't get to play that much and I am surprised anybody knows me at all."

JH: Everybody appreciates the fact that you hang in there. You are a great team player and you wait for your opportunity.

DH: "My job is to back up Kejuan, Adrian, D.J and all those guys. I just sit back and play my role. I am not a selfish guy. I am here for the team. So, whatever the team needs I will try to help get it done."

JH: I have always said that if the coaches decide to give you the ball that you will produce. You have done that in every scrimmage and in your limited opportunities on the field. Do you agree with me?

DH: "I don't know if I can say that. Whatever happens, happens. I don't know if I will ever get the ball 15 times in the game, but if I do I am just going to go in and do what I have to do to help the team. If that is to get five yards, but it is a play that is on fourth and one, then I have done my job. Sometimes when you are in a situation like mine you can't worry about getting fifteen carries, you just have to make the most out of the one or two that you get."

JH: Your team aspect toward the Sooners is refreshing because in today's sports world you don't see it that much.

DH: "I have been like this my whole life. My parents have always brought me up to do the right thing or do what is best for the team. I am here for the team and that is all I can say."

JH: Talk about the depth at running back right now.

DH: "Oh yeah, we have a lot of talented guys. AD, KeJuan, D.J, Courtney (Tennial). All seven of us can play. Every guy has something that he can contribute to the team. Every guy has something different, whether that is speed, size or quickness or maybe agility, power or any number of things. All seven guys have something that they can bring to our football team."

JH: What was it like to score that touchdown against Oregon?

DH: "I wouldn't say it was a big game, but it was nice to get into the end zone and to get to play a little bit."

JH: Talk about your touchdown run. Did you feel you had it once you hit the hole?

DH: "When I hit the hole it was wide open. Those guys up front and J.D. (Runnels) did a great job and opened the hole up. I really didn't have to do much myself expect take the handoff and take it to the end zone."

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