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Former Sooners C Gabe Ikard wins Pat Tillman Award

by Ryan Aber Published: January 17, 2014

Gabe Ikard‘s senior season at Oklahoma is over.

But the awards continue to roll in for the now-former Sooners center.

Friday, Ikard was named the winner of the East-West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award.

The award honors the perseverance and talent shown during the week of practice leading up to the game as well as overall achievements and conduct.

“Gabe Ikard has truly exemplified what it means to be a student-athlete and has served as a tremendous representative of the University of Oklahoma and our football program,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said in a release.

Ikard started all but two of his 52 career games for the Sooners and was a two-year captain.

This season, Ikard was named CoSIDE Academic All-American of the Year and won the Wuerffel Award given to the college player who best combined exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Ikard also won the Lee Roy Selmon Spirit Award for best representing the qualities of character that Selmon displayed in emphasizing academics and community service.

Ikard will play in the East-West Shrine Game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Former Sooners running back Brennan Clay will be his teammate on the West team. The game will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

After this game, he’ll head to Mobile, Ala., where he’ll play in next week’s Senior Bowl with former Sooners Jalen Saunders and Aaron Colvin.

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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