Jamell Fleming did not want to talk about the first six months of 2011 with the media during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month.
Fleming’s football future was very much in question. He was not enrolled for the spring semester at Oklahoma because of an academic suspension. Thus, he could not take part in spring football and there was doubt whether he would get the chance to re-join the team.
While his teammates were in Norman, Fleming was thinking about his future while living in Austin, Texas with his sister and her husband. He was in limbo.
What could have been the end of his college football career did not turn out that way. Working with his brother-in-law who is an athletic trainer, Fleming got into the best shape of his life. He took the time to square away his academic problems and when pre-season practice started, he was back on the field, although not in the starting boundary CB spot that he held before the suspension.
Fleming fought his way back onto the field and was one of the Sooners defensive leaders last season.