Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard each received invitations to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in February.
Ikard started 50 games during his career on the offensive line, making 32 starts at center and 18 at left guard. He was a team captain as a senior, and was named a first-team Walter Camp All-American.
Millard was also a team captain, but suffered a season-ending ACL tear in late October. The fullback rushed for 531 yards, recorded 678 yards receiving and scored 13 touchdowns in his career.
Despite the invitation, it's unlikely Millard will actually be able to participate while he recovers from his injury. He said last month that the combine is “out of the question.”
NELSON'S APPEAL APPARENTLY DENIED
Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson's fight with the NCAA for a fifth year of eligibility has apparently ended in disappointment for the 2013 team captain.
Nelson posted a message to fans on Instagram that indicated he won't be back for another year.
“Things did not turn out the way I planned it, but I know God has me all the way,” Nelson wrote.
Nelson was having the best season of his career before a torn pectoral muscle ended it in early October. He first appealed to the Big 12 Conference for a medical redshirt, but was denied, forcing him to appeal to the NCAA.
PETERSON PRAISES SOONERS
Among the big group of former OU football standouts at the Sugar Bowl last week was Adrian Peterson, now a superstar running back with the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson stood on the sideline throughout Oklahoma's 45-31 win over Alabama.
“It says we're in a good position,” Peterson said after the game. “We've got a young team — a lot of freshmen and sophomores out there playing tonight.
“When tough times came, adversity came, they were able to stand up and continue to swing back and make plays. To have so many young guys on the field, that really speaks volumes to the coaches and what those guys are doing. … We came out tonight and pretty much showed the world what Oklahoma football is all about.”
STOOPS WILL MISS DEPARTING SENIORS
Ikard, Millard, Nelson and the rest of Oklahoma's departing senior class leave behind a strong legacy for the program to build on.
“What an awesome senior class,” said coach Bob Stoops. “Aaron (Colvin) fought through so many injuries the whole year. … Gabe Lynn had a huge year. They did everything they could.
“These guys leave a great legacy, to come in here in this situation and do what they did to finish out the year. People want to write us off and all of a sudden it's like, ‘Where'd this come from?'
“Well, it's their character. I can't say it surprises me because I see them every day.”
Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh after the Sugar Bowl:
“We expect to win these game. We knew it was going to be tough but our kids believe. They don't fear anybody. They respect everybody but they don't fear anybody.
“It's going to push us forward and help us with recruiting and those things, so it was a big, big win for us.”