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Former OU center Gabe Ikard named Big 12 Sportsperson of Year

by Ryan Aber Published: June 26, 2014
Some day, the awards will stop flowing from Gabe Ikard’s time at Oklahoma.
For now, though, they continue.
The former Sooners center was named a Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year on Thursday, the conference announced.
Baylor’s Whitney Canion was the other winner.
The awards began in 2000-01 to recognize student-athletes for sportsmanship, community service and academic achievement. The winners were selected by a media panel.
Ikard did plenty in each of those categories.
Athletically, he was a Consensus All-American as a senior, starting every game at center and helping the Sooners to a Sugar Bowl title.
He was a four-year starter on the offensive line after coming to the Sooners from McGuinness as a tight end.
He was named the 2013 Big Man on Campus for his academic achievement, campus participation, leadership and community service. Ikard participated in relief efforts following the tornadoes in Oklahoma last year, went on a mission trip to Haiti and won the 2013 Wuerffel Trophy, Selmon Spirit Award and Don Key Award. He was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, the William V. Campbell Trophy and the Bobby Bowden Award.
Ikard earned his bachelor’s degree in May 2013 with a 4.0 GPA and special distinction honors and was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for football. Three times he was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American. He received the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award and was named the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football.
Ikard signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent.

Canion, a softball player for the Bears, was a first-team All-America pick this season after overcoming two season-ending injuries during her career at Baylor.

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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