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Brandon Everage was one of the most devastating hitters in OU history

Brandon Everage, who died this weekend in a swimming accident, sometimes get overshadowed by teammates Derrick Strait and Roy Williams, but he might be one of the three best safeties to play under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma.
By Jake Trotter Published: May 29, 2011

It's rare for an individual defensive player to demoralize an opposing offense.

But on Sept. 1, 2001, that's essentially what happened.

Play after play, like a missile fired out of the secondary, Oklahoma's Brandon Everage hammered Air Force's triple-option pitch back in one of the most dominating defensive performance of the Bob Stoops era.

This weekend, tragedy struck the Sooner community yet again, as Everage drowned while swimming with friends in a river northeast of Austin, Texas.

Affectionately known as “Book,” the former All-American was popular among his OU teammates and coaches.

And was one of the most devastating hitters in Sooner history.

Everage, a high school quarterback from Granger, Texas, was part of Stoops' first recruiting class in 1999, signing with the Sooners over Kansas State. He was one of two 4-star prep prospects in the class along with Derrick Strait, who would become one of Everage's closest friends.

Everage's impact at OU sometimes gets overshadowed by teammates Strait and Roy Williams, both Jim Thorpe Award winners.

But make no mistake, Everage might be one of the three best safeties to play under Stoops.

And no game underscores that case like Air Force.

Playing on a bum ankle he reinjured in the first quarter, Everage came back to level the Falcons with multiple vicious hits.

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