Oklahoma football: Gabe Ikard wins Wuerffel Trophy

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 10, 2013
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Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard was named the winner of the Wuerffel Trophy as the college football player “who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.”

“This is a tremendous honor, just overwhelming,” Ikard said in a release. “When you consider all that this trophy represents from academic achievement to athletic achievement along with community service, I think this definitely ranks up there as the biggest honor I've received.”

The award, named for former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, is given annually by the All-Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Ikard was in New York for the National Football Foundation's annual awards dinner. Ikard was one of 16 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards winners who were honored.

MCCARRON ALMOST WOUND UP AT OU

AJ McCarron had been committed to Alabama for about nine months when he had a change of heart the night before signing day in 2009.

“I told my parents I was going to Oklahoma,” McCarron told Sports Illustrated last year.

According to the magazine, McCarron's mom broke down in tears. His dad reminded his son that the family wouldn't be able to watch all of his games if he signed with the Sooners.

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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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