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Oklahoma notebook: Gabe Ikard said offense and defense must complement each other

The Sooners' lineman said: “We've just gotta get everybody playing at a high level all at the same time.”
by Jason Kersey Published: September 26, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma Sooners offensive linesman Gabe Ikard (64) greets fans as he walks off the field after the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas El Paso Miners (UTEP) at Sun Bowl Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in El Paso, Texas.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma Sooners offensive linesman Gabe Ikard (64) greets fans as he walks off the field after the college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas El Paso Miners (UTEP) at Sun Bowl Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“When Tech came in here and snapped that winning streak we had, guys were like, Did that really happen?” King said. “The reality is anybody can beat anybody.

“How are you gonna bounce back? How are you gonna respond to this adversity? Guys have to keep the fighter's mentality.”

Oklahoma is 2-1 after last week's loss to Kansas State, and is now on a second bye in three weeks. The Sooners return to action Oct. 6 at Texas Tech, where OU hasn't won since 2003.

MEN'S BASKETBALL PICKS UP COMMITMENT

Keshaun Hamilton verbally committed to Oklahoma for the 2013-2014 season.

The junior college power forward is currently in his first year as part of the Labette Community College basketball team in Parsons, Kan. Last year, he played at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. where he averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds in 14 games before his season was cut short with a knee injury. He had surgery last January.

Hamilton also played his high school ball in Florida at Palatka High School, about 40 miles east of Gainesville.

Hamilton joins juco commit Dominique Elliot for the Sooners' 2013-2014 roster. Elliot committed on Sept. 13.

The commitment by Hamilton marks second-year coach Lon Kruger's third commitment for that season, the first being four-star point guard Jordan Woodard from Edmond Memorial.

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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