Senior safety Quinton Carter was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team, which was released Monday.
Carter, a consistent player all season, has put together some monster games down the stretch that certainly helped his candidacy. He record a career-high 17 tackles in a 45-7 win over Texas Tech on Nov. 13. In the 47-41 victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday, Carter collected a pair of interceptions, one leading to a Sooner touchdown.
Carter is now tied for the team lead with four interceptions and is third on the team with a career-high 85 tackles.
He is the 151st Sooner to be named an All-American all-time, and the first OU defensive back since Derrick Strait in 2003.
â€œI'm incredibly excited for Quinton,â€ OU coach Bob Stoops said. â€œHe's a special player and had another huge game last week. He's been a very steady, good tackler and coverage guy for us all year.â€
Stoops, however, was miffed that receiver Ryan Broyles wasn't also a Coaches All-American. Despite leading the nation in receptions, Broyles was passed over for Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery.
â€œI find it hard to believe on how Ryan Broyles would not be first-team All-American,â€ Stoops said. â€œHe's had an unbelievable year. He's consistently been a huge, big-play touchdown player, a big-play guy for us in every single game all year. We're at the top of the league in almost every offensive category, largely because of him.â€
In addition to leading the country in receptions this season, he is also the NCAA's active career leader with 250 receptions, 3,198 receiving yards, 34 receiving touchdowns and 884 career punt-return yards, according to OU's sports information department. His 115 receptions this season is the 11th-best season total in NCAA history.
Broyles could still end up being an All-American. The Associated Press, Football Writers, Sporting News and Walter Camp have yet to release their teams. Those, along with the Coaches, comprise the five All-America teams the NCAA officially recognizes.
OU quarterback Landry Jones easily played the worst game of his career during last season's 10-3 loss at Nebraska. Jones struggled all night and threw a career-high five interceptions.
But the Huskers realize it'll be a different quarterback on the other side of the field this game.
â€œLast year when we played them he was young, a young quarterback learning the system,â€ Nebraska safety DeJon Gomes told the Omaha World-Herald. â€œHe just seems like so much more of a leader.â€
Gomes and the rest of the Husker secondary, one of the best in the country, is eager to see how they match up against Jones and Broyles, who have connected more times than any other quarterback-receiver duo in college football.
â€œIt's going to be an exciting game, especially with them having one of the top offenses in the country and us priding ourselves on defense,â€ Gomes said. â€œIt will be a fun one to watch.â€
OU will be looking to sweep its three rivals â€” Texas, OSU and Nebraska â€” in the same season for the 21st time. ... Amazingly, OSU was only the second game all season the Sooners outscored their opponent in the fourth quarter (23-17). The other time OU did it was Iowa State.