Senior defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek will play his final game for the Sooners in the Holiday Bowl. But more importantly for Dvoracek, he will graduate this weekend as one of the top student/athletes in the Big 12 Conference.
Dvoracek has started to suit up at practice, but he is still being held out of drills as they try to let his injured foot heal so that it he will be 100 percent for Oregon. Dvoracek wants to go out in a blaze of glory by leading the Sooners past the Ducks. And on Thursday, Dvoracek talked to OUInsider.com for the Two Minute Drill.
JH: What are your thoughts on the Oregon offense?
DD: "We are going to have to play our best game because they are probably one of the most talented teams we will play all year. They have a really good offensive line, the skill positions are really talented and their quarterbacks are really good. I guess their star (Kellen Clemens) got hurt early and these two have come on and played really well. Their running backs are talented and can do a lot of things. They spread the field a lot, throw the ball down the field, and they will run out of one-back sets. They use a lot of wide receivers so we will have to do a good job and play our best game to be successful."
JH: Do they use a lot of shotgun?
DD: "They use some shotgun and a lot of four-wide receiver looks with three receivers and one tight end in the backfield."
JH: Do your responsibilities in the defensive line change any with a team that runs the spread offense?
DD: "I don't think it really changes. We played them last year and we have played spread teams before. My job is to get to the quarterback and stop the run."
JH You didn't get to play against Oregon last year because you were suspended from the team, so do you find it ironic that you will end your career against Oregon?
DD: "Yes, that is pretty neat. I have an opportunity to play one more game against a really good team, and the way it works it is that I didn't get a chance to play them last year. Now that I get a chance to I am going to take full advantage of it and play my best game."
JH: You missed the bowl game last year and it just tore your heart out. You really have to be looking forward to going to the bowl game this year?
DD: "Yeah, San Diego. Everybody says it is the best city in America. I can't wait because I get to go to Sea World, the zoo and I get to do some neat stuff like that. We are going to have some fun, but we are also there to work and we are there to win a football game. The last two years we have not won our bowl game and that really leaves a bad taste in your mouth to lose the last game of the season. We are going and have fun, but we are going down there to work. This is a business trip and we are going to come home with a win."
JH: What kind of attitude do you sense from the guys at workouts? How anxious are they to play the fifth rated team in the country?
DD: "Everybody is pumped and everybody is so excited that they can't wait. You would think that we would be a little nervous, a little scared, a little intimidated, but instead everybody is so excited. We feel like we can play with anybody and we can play well. We are going to have a chance to prove that on the 29th, and this team is pumped and will be ready to go."
JH: Did Texas A&M run a similar offense to that of Oregon?
DD: "I don't know. I haven't watched enough film of them yet. I am not that smart to figure that out, I just bang heads and tackle the guy with the ball."
JH: There are three or four defensive tackles that have been getting a ton of reps during the last couple of weeks at practice. What do you think about the future of the defensive tackle position at OU?
DD: "We have some studs coming up. DeMarcus Granger and Brian Simmons are going to be really, really good. Cory Bennett has had a great season already and he is only redshirt freshman. Carl Pendleton has played great and Steve Coleman has played great. They are going to be loaded next year. And then we have so many great d-ends coming back that it is going to be crazy. They are going to be really talented."
JH: What stands out about Oregon's offense?
DD: "They are very successful. That is the first thing that stands out about them. They have played good teams and yet their offense has still be successful. They do a good job running the scheme they run and they do a good job doing what they do. It is going to be a big challenge for us to stop them."
JH: Has this season been an individual success for you?
DD: "Yeah, I think I had my best season. I thought I would do a little better on some of the accolades handed out. It is what it is, but I thought I played really well. I can still play better and I have one more game to play my best game and I am looking forward to it."
JH: In the back of your mind, are you playing also for your NFL draft status?
DD: "No, I am playing for the Oklahoma Sooners. And I am playing to win. I have the Senior Bowl to play for those scouts in late January. I will worry about that when this season is over. If you get too far ahead of yourself you kind of take your eye off what is important, and there will be a time for that. Right now, it is time for this team at Oklahoma. Playing at Oklahoma is the best thing that I have ever done in my life. I am going to give this team everything that I have against Oregon to give the Oklahoma fans something to be proud of."
Dvoracek: "This is a business trip"
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