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Lee Roy Selmon's impact at OU

Lee Roy Selmon's impact at OU, compiled in 2003 by Berry Tramel for Readers' greatest players of all-time.
COMPILED BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, Modified: September 4, 2011 at 8:36 pm •  Published: September 4, 2011


OU career:1972-75

Position: Defensive tackle

Career stats: 335 career tackles, including 40 for loss.

Stat analysis: OU didn't track sacks until 1983. But in 1974, Selmon led OU in tackles, an amazing feat for a lineman.

What made him great: Selmon was a strong, dominant lineman but had feet like a point guard. OU coaching legend Barry Switzer said his staff used to go over to the OU Field House and watch Selmon play basketball, just to marvel at his athletic ability.

Why fans loved him: The little brother of the Selmons, a trio as classy and unassuming as it was talented. All three All-Americans. All three salt-of-the-Earth Okies.

Impact on OU: How about the best player on back-to-back national champions? Selmon became the standard by which all Sooner linemen are compared.

Defining moment: In a practice in Miami a few days before the 1976 Orange Bowl, Selmon slammed teammate Joe Washington to the ground in a scrimmage. "Look at that," Switzer told Michigan sportswriters viewing the scrimmage. "We can't block them either."

- Berry Tramel