Box Looking to Bedlam

Austin Box

Oklahoma middle linebacker Austin Box grew up down the road from Stillwater in Enid, Okla., but there was never any doubt in his mind that he wanted to play for the Sooners, and now he is looking to show the Cowboys why…

There were plenty of Oklahoma State fans at Enid high trying to talk Austin Box in to being a Cowboy when he was being recruited, but he admits that the choice to be a Sooner was an easy one.

"A little bit," Box said when asked if OSU fans gave him grief for picking OU. "But I grew up an OU fan and this is where I had my dreams as a kid and this is where I wanted to play."

"So it was not that hard of a decision. Actually OU was my first offer when I was a junior, so when I got that first offer I knew that is where I wanted to be. "

Even though he was always a huge Sooner fan he still remembers a few years when the OSU fans had the upper hand on the trash talk in the high school hallways.

"It was kind of hard being a fan some in the late 90's when OSU took over a little bit, but when we started winning there were a bunch of people who started being OU fans again," Box recalled.

"I know that is how it goes, so there were always few guys that were OSU fans that gave me a hard time."

Box has started to come in to his own at middle linebacker since taking over for the injured Ryan Reynolds, and his nine tackle (three for a loss) performance against Texas Tech may have been his best performance in a crimson and cream jersey.

The former five-star high school prospect may be playing well, but he is quick to give the credit to the guys up front who are clearing things up and making it easy for the linebacker to make plays.

"I can't say enough about the guys around me, especially the D-Line," Box admitted. "They make my job that much easier."

Box knows that there is a lot at stake on the national level surrounding this weekend's Bedlam match-up, but being an Oklahoma kid he knows there are bragging rights statewide for the victor, and that would make a win that much sweeter.

"I know that they are going to give us their best shot and I know that we are going to give them ours," Box said of the game. "It is a huge rivalry game – obviously it is an in-state rivalry – growing up as a fan I have obviously been a part of it so I know what is at stake."

"We are going to play focused, play hard, and ultimately hopefully we come out with the win."

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