Oklahoma football notebook: Tony Jefferson won't divulge NFL Draft grade

by Jason Kersey Published: January 1, 2013

Heupel struggled through much of the 2000 game on Kyle Field. Texas A&M led 24-13 entering the fourth quarter, and Oklahoma's prolific offense had managed only one touchdown to that point.

OU pulled to within three points with around eight minutes left; that's when linebacker Torrance Marshall picked off a Mark Farris pass and returned in 41 yards for the go-ahead, game winning touchdown.

“It speaks to who that team was,” Heupel said. “How we approached every game, every week. One-game mentality. Toughness, competitiveness and belief in each other that allowed us to go on and win a championship.”


Oklahoma junior offensive lineman Gabe Ikard came to Oklahoma a tight end, moved to offensive guard and then played center last season when Ben Habern was injured.

When Habern decided to prematurely end his career in late July, Ikard became the Sooners' center again.

Then in the regular-season finale at TCU, when sophomore guard Adam Shead left the game injured, Ikard shifted back to guard, and true freshman Ty Darlington played center.

“It's definitely more comforting when you're only going to play one position,” Ikard said. “The guys go down or guys are a little hobbled, you've got to do what coaches ask you to do.

“I'm usually that utility guy that gets to some random spot. It's just the way coach (James) Patton wants me to do it.”


Oklahoma junior cornerback Aaron Colvin, on his 8:30 a.m., media session New Year's Day.

“It's hurting. I love ya'll, but not today.”

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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