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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

— Gabe Ikard added a couple more academic honors to an already impressive list Tuesday at Oklahoma's annual Max Weitzenhoffer Scholar Athlete Breakfast.

The veteran offensive lineman received a Dan Gibbens Outstanding Scholar Athletes of the Year award for the third straight year, and the Big 12 Conference's Gerald Lage Award for athletic and academic success Tuesday morning.

Ikard, who graduates next month but has one remaining season of football eligibility, expects the next several months — and all the important decisions he'll have to make — to be exciting, but also difficult and possibly confusing.

He must decide soon on a Fall 2013 course of study. He said he's considering either a master's program or a second undergraduate major. Eventually, he plans to attend medical school.

“It kind of depends on what program I start in the fall, and then my plans to go to medical school,” Ikard said of his future plans. “It gets a little confusing with balancing that and preparing for the (NFL) Draft. It's a little complicated, but I'm just hoping it'll work out for the best.”

After his senior year at Bishop McGuinness, Ikard received the Bob Colon Scholarship, presented annually by The Oklahoman and the Jim Thorpe Association to the Oklahoma City-area's top male high school scholar-athlete.

OU President David Boren hosted Ikard and his parents during their recruiting visit to Norman in 2008. Boren reserves such meetings for a rare few athletic recruits, and after Tuesday's breakfast, he fondly remembered his visit with the Ikards.

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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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