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Gabe Ikard's future filled with football and studies

OU offensive lineman has one season left with the Sooners. He still has to plan a course of study, while preparing for a possible trip to medical school.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 16, 2013

“For Gabe, it was as much about the academic opportunities as it was athletics,” Boren said. “I told him this morning, it felt like just yesterday we were sitting in the living room in Boyd House talking about him coming here.”

Ikard has started 37 career games on the Oklahoma offensive line, playing both guard and center. He broke his hand in the Sooners' second practice last month, limiting his participation in spring workouts.

Tuesday, Ikard wasn't wearing a cast on the injured hand and said he'll start lifting weights again in about a week.

“It was unfortunate I had to miss most of spring,” Ikard said. “I just had to heal up. Glad that I don't have to wear that cast any more.”

Ikard said medical school has been a longtime dream because it would allow him to continue working in sports.

“I always wanted to be able to work with athletes later in life,” Ikard said. “Help save athletes' careers, help extend athletes' careers. That's always something I've wanted to do. It's gonna be a lot of hard work, and I don't really know how it's gonna work out with professional football and how that'll all pan out, but we'll wait and see.”

For his part, Boren said he's amazed by Ikard's athletic and academic success, and by his future plans.

“To me, he really represents the ideal,” Boren said. “Great athlete, great student, great person. If I could pick someone to represent what OU's all about, Gabe Ikard would sure be in the running.”

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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