The Moore American

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August 28, 2013

Back to where it all began for Wilson

Southmoore alum making an impact with Sooners

MOORE — Julian Wilson has never had a problem standing out from the crowd. As a junior at Southmoore, he once wore a pair of bright Playboy socks during a track meet.

Wilson’s unique personality had always been a trademark and his talent on the football field fell into place with it.

Despite that, more than two years into his college football career at Oklahoma, Wilson wasn’t happy with himself. He believed he had lost track of his identity. So, one day late last season, he went looking for it.

“It probably started toward the end of the season last year,” Wilson said. “I wasn’t happy with the way I was playing at the beginning of the season. I was missing too many plays, thinking too much. I just had to sit myself down and say ‘You know you can play, so go out there and play. Just do you. They recruited you here for a reason. So do what they brought you here to do.’”

From that point, the 6-2, 199-pound Wilson said he his game began to transform. He was no longer tentative and hesitant. The aggressive nature he had always played with began to emerge again and he became a regular in OU’s secondary rotation.

“It’s just stepping up and being confident and just making plays,” Wilson said. “In high school, people who saw me said I was cocky on the field. I feel like in coming up here, I kind of got away from that. Just being uptight … there were people older than you. Just have to go on the field and just be me. Talk noise, do what I do on the field.”

Wilson ended his redshirt sophomore season of with 31 tackles. He played in every game and started twice. And, Wilson headed into the offseason with plans to compete for a starting spot this season.

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