Any doubts about how Auston English would bounce back after basically missing the end of the 2007 season with a fractured ankle and missing the beginning of fall camp after appendectomy surgery were erased after seeing him take one step on the second snap of the home opening win against UT Chattanooga.
On that snap English sidestepped a defender to plant Moc running back Erroll Wynn in to the turf.
"It was exciting," English informed. "I was ready for it. It kind of just brings back the old feeling."
English was happy to be back on the field, and despite the three-sack performance against UTC on Saturday night, he felt that there is still room for improvement.
"I felt a little rusty in some things," English said after the game. "It is something that is a work in progress. We got a big test next week, so I am just going to get ready for that."
OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables thought that English plays was rock solid, and he had a smile on his face when he heard how English explained his play.
"Auston is a straight shooter," Venables admitted. "He is not being humble. If he felt like he could have been better in certain areas – that is what the special players have – They are never satisfied, although on the outside looking in it looks like it feels terrific."
"The really good players know when they could be better, and I appreciate him saying that, because I bet he is right."
"It is just the little things you want to see in yourself," English added.
English may be hard on himself, but he was proud of the way that he and his line mates played as a unit.
"I was really pleased," English began. "I felt like we were disruptive and our interior guys were making a lot of plays. A lot of times they forced the quarterbacks outside of the pocket. For the most part I felt like guys did what they were supposed to do and executed."
Next week the pace will pick up a little when the Sooners face off against the Cincinnati Bearcat, a team that will put points on the board if given any opportunities.
"It is must every week for us," English said when asked if getting pressure up front is paramount heading in to week two. "We need to progress as a defense and as a dline. We pride ourselves on being able to put pressure on quarterbacks."