Allen makes the most of senior day

Senior linebacker Gayron Allen (pictured above) tackles Nebraska running back Cory Ross in the fourth quarter. Allen, a backup for most of the season, earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording eight tackles and one interception in the Sooners' 30-3 win over the Cornhuskers. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

It is a case in point as to how strong Oklahoma is when a back-up linebacker is named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. Senior linebacker Gayron Allen came up big against Nebraska getting a rare start and making the most of it. Today, after practice, Allen talked to OUInsider.com for the Two Minute Drill.

JH: Gayron, congratulations you have been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

GA: "Thank you. That is all I can say really. It was a nice day and senior day. That was a nice way to go out with a bang here at Owen Field."

JH: Did you realize that you were having a great game?

GA: "I felt pretty good. They were leaving gaps open and I was just shooting the gaps and going down-hill on our coverage. I was just dropping back in the zone in the passing game and things were going pretty well."

JH: Tell us about the interception, because Coach Stoops said he predicted earlier I the week that you would intercept a pass?

GA: "That was pretty neat. On Wednesday I had three interceptions in practice and he said that I was going to be due for one in the game. Sure enough, I dropped back and it came right to me. That was a pretty neat deal there."

JH: Did the Nebraska style of offense fit your style of play better or something?

GA: "I think we kept our defense more basic. We just lined up and went after them. That was the main deal with it. I think it was more us keeping it basic and getting down-hill. They didn't really do anything to try to trick us. They kept is simple and that allowed us to play our basic defense."

JH: Do you personally like that style of game better?

GA: "I do, and I feel I am in there more for run defense. That was all I really had to worry about was getting down-hill on run and getting back on play-action. I feel that is a good defense for me to play in."

JH: Do you have any thoughts on the BCS standings?

GA: "Not really. I really don't have any thoughts on it. Everybody else gives all kinds of hoopla about it, but I just want to win. I want to win very game, win the Big 12 Championship and win our bowl game, and everything should take care of itself. If we go to the National Championship game that will be great, but to get there we have to keep winning."

JH: Are you aware that the polls are out or is the team aware that it is out?

GA: "I am sure somebody tells us or watches it. We have no choice but to watch it, because it is in the papers and everybody is talking about it. However, we don't worry about it too much because we just need to win."


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