Two Minute Drill: Zach Latimer

Oklahoma's senior linebacker talks about his career and the Sooners' matchup and Boise State.

Senior linebacker Zach Latimer will play his final game for Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State. Latimer has always been great with this reporter and he gave OUinsider.com a number of opinions recently on a variety of subjects related to Sooner football for the Two Minute Drill.

JH: The national perception is that Boise State has every thing to gain in the Fiesta Bowl and OU has everything to lose. Do you buy into that thinking?

ZL: "This is Boise State's first time in a BCS game and they are going to be fired up. Regardless of what everybody else thinks, we know they are a great football team that we are going to have to face. If we come out thinking that we are just going to roll our hats out on the field and win, then we are going to be here for a long day. So we are going to prepare for them like we prepare for any other team and take care of business."

JH: This game is just as important to you guys isn't it?

ZL: "Oh yeah. It is a BCS bowl game on national TV, and on January 1st. What more could we ask for? We are going to approach it like any other game and try to take care of business and get a win."

JH: You will have played in all four BCS games. that doesn't happen for many college football players does it?

ZL: "Oh yeah. You can see I have my Sugar Bowl sweatshirt on today. I don't think many people can say that they been to all four BCS bowl games. I think it is going to be something real special. I have memories from each one of them and I am going to try to create long memories of this Fiesta Bowl."

JH: Do you have a favorite bowl?

ZL: "I guess I am going to say the Fiesta Bowl, because that is the next one that I am going to be playing in. I am just going to go ahead and go with that one."

JH: The perception is that OU will overlook this game doesn't wash does it if people realize what this team has overcome this year?

ZL: "Boise State has come a long way and they are happy to be in the BCS, because they have never been in the BCS and they were stiffed many years from getting into the BCS. This year, we had a lot of ups and downs and there are a lot of people who feel we shouldn't be here, but we are happy that we are in the Fiesta Bowl and we are going to take Boise State as a challenge. We are going to go out there and try to take care of business."

JH: If AD decides to go pro this year, what will you remember most about playing with him?

ZL: "I will be able to look back some day and say that I played with a great one. When he does decide to move on, I know he is going to go down in the history books in the NFL as one of the greats. I am going to be able and look back and say I have pictures with him at Oklahoma, and that is going to be something special."

JH: He has been a good teammate hasn't he?

ZL: "He has been a good teammate, and a good friend. If there is anything that you need you ask him and he is always right there to help you out. It doesn't matter if it is workouts or whatever, you name it and he is there. He is a good guy all the way around."

JH: What have been your impressions of Boise State's offense?

ZL: "They are very balance with a good running back and a good quarterback, who when he scrambles he doesn't look to just run, he also looks to get some receivers time to work open down field. We are going to have to bring our A-game to stop them."

JH: When you look back at your career, what is going to be the thing that you remember most about playing at Oklahoma?

ZL: "I will always think about all my teammates. That is something that I am always going to remember, and that is something that I am going to miss. I don't think you can get this anywhere else — the tight-knit group that we are, the friends that I have made here. That is something that I am going to miss and something that I am going to cherish. I am glad that I had the opportunity to experience it."


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