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Oklahoma football: Sooners' WR Jalen Saunders says he could play QB, run OU's offense

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 2, 2013

Oklahoma senior Jalen Saunders has made his name as a standout wide receiver, but said he'd be capable of filling in at quarterback should the Sooners' get desperate.

Saunders played some quarterback at Pleasant Grove High in Elk Grove, Calif., even leading his team to a city title his junior year.

“Yeah, I believe so,” Saunders said with a smile when asked if he could run OU's offense in a pinch. “I know every read that needs to be done, so I believe I could run this offense very well.”

He said he was a dual-threat, left-handed quarterback who modeled himself after Michael Vick.

“I don't know if my arm is as strong as his; I'm very accurate though,” Saunders said.

Saunders has caught 17 passes for 183 yards and three touchdowns so far this season.


Senior center Gabe Ikard is one of 170 candidates for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Ikard was an Academic All-American last season and a second-team Academic All-American as a sophomore.

Candidates are nominated by their schools and must be seniors or graduate students in their final seasons of eligibility, have a GP of at least 3.2, be a starter or significant contributor and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship. Up to 16 finalists are selected by a group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletic administrators.

The results will be announced Oct. 31, with each recipient receiving an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and a trip to the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Finalists will be up for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which will be presented at the ceremony. The award, which honors the top scholar-athlete in the country, increases the recipient's scholarship by $7,000.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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