Much has been made on Oklahoma State linebacker Andre Sexton's comments regarding the Sept. 5 opener in Stillwater.
When asked about how Sexton felt heading into the Cowboys’ game with Georgia two years ago, he said his team probably felt intimidated.
Then he responded with this, "Now we know. Georgia's the one that has to be scared. Not us."
When I originally saw it, I thought a good number of people would take what he said out of context—or at least that’s how I perceive this quote in the original article.
Now, I haven’t been in a journalist for long (just three or four years) and my experience is limited considering I just graduated from college. But, I have a good idea as to what goes on and what kind of questions are asked at these media functions, whether it’s something as big as SEC Media Days or whether it is the post-practice presser.
In my opinion, Sexton was set up for this quote.
To me, it reads nothing more than a senior linebacker at a university saying he felt a little scared on the road in Athens two years ago.
But now, the tide has turned and Georgia will be the team feeling the knots and butterflies Oklahoma State felt then, and that it was a relief. Too bad for Sexton, that doesn’t happen when Georgia is on the road they're 30-4 in opponent’s stadiums under Mark Richt.
That’s how I read it. If Sexton did mean Georgia should be scared on Sept. 5, then that wasn’t a smart statement. But I don’t think that’s the case.
If Georgia gets pumped up over the comment, then that’s great.
But this one’s on the author of the article, and not Sexton. I also find it hard to believe that the Cowboys would make the same mistake twice as they’re preparing for a season opener against an SEC opponent that beat them by 21 points two years ago. (Anyone remember the “World’s Greatest Offense” promo prior to the season opener in 2007?)