Oklahoma football: Gabe Ikard on SI.com's Preseason All-America team

The senior is one of three Big 12 players on the first team.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 8, 2013
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IKARD NAMED SI ALL-AMERICAN

Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard is the lone Sooner on SI.com's Preseason All-America team, which was released Thursday.

Ikard, a senior, is one of three Big 12 players on the first team. He's joined by Baylor guard Cyril Richardson and TCU cornerback Jason Verrett.

Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt also made the first team. The Sooners will play at Notre Dame on Sept. 28.

Five more Big 12 players were named to the second team.

Ikard missed the end of spring practices after suffering a broken hand but has recovered and is expected to anchor the offensive line. He has started 37 games on the offensive line at OU. He started 12 games at left guard as a redshirt freshman, 13 between guard and center as a sophomore and 12 more last year. He missed the win over Baylor after suffering a concussion and moved to guard for the win over TCU and a Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M after Adam Shead was injured.

SAUNDERS ADAPTING TO ANOTHER QB

For senior wide receiver Jalen Saunders, developing rapport with new quarterbacks isn't anything new.

As a Fresno State freshman, Saunders caught 30 passes for 462 yards and three touchdowns with Ryan Colburn as his quarterback.

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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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