Oklahoma football: Gabe Ikard named ESPN All-American

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 17, 2013
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Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard landed on ESPN.com's preseason All-America team, Ikard's second such honor this preseason.

The former Bishop McGuinness standout was also on Sports Illustrated's preseason All-America team, which was released earlier this month.

Ikard has started 37 career games at both guard and center over his Sooners career. This season, he could possibly work at guard again if needed because Oklahoma also has sophomore Ty Darlington, who played well in limited action at center last season as a true freshman.

IRWIN LIKES ONE OFFENSIVE LINE COACH

Oklahoma senior right guard Bronson Irwin likes a lot about Bill Bedenbaugh, his new position coach.

Irwin likes Bedenbaugh's intensity and emphasis on toughness, but as much as anything, Irwin likes that he's the Sooners' only offensive line coach.

Previously, OU split the offensive line between James Patton, who coached guards and centers, and Bruce Kittle, who coached tackles and tight ends.

“It's different; I like it better,” Irwin said. “Having the whole group in the same meeting room all the time, I think, is very beneficial compared to being split up part-time. It's just more of a unit feel, more established as one group of five guys.”

OU coach Bob Stoops, on the other hand, said he didn't think having two offensive line coaches was necessarily a problem.

“They were a great cohesive group a year ago,” Stoops said. “They really had a great camaraderie amongst them for several years so I don't feel like that's an issue.”

LYNN: POSITION CHANGES HAVE HELPED

Senior safety Gabe Lynn has now played three positions throughout his Sooners career.

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by Ryan Aber
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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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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