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Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard named an ESPN.com preseason All-American

by Jason Kersey Published: August 16, 2013

NORMAN — Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard landed on ESPN.com’s preseason All-America team, Ikard’s second such honor this preseason.

The former Bishop McGuinness standout was also on Sports Illustrated’s preseason All-America team, which was released earlier this month.

Brandon Chatmon, our former Oklahoman colleague and now an ESPN.com Big 12 scribe, wrote the following about Ikard:

“A starter at center and guard during his career, Gabe Ikard has been an anchor along the Sooners’ offensive line for the past three seasons. Heading into his final season in Norman, Ikard has started 37 games and should be one of the leaders of OU’s offense as a senior.

“His intelligence, versatility and consistent play are difficult to duplicate and separate him from other offensive linemen across the country. With the ability to read a defense as well as any quarterback on OU’s roster, Ikard brings peace of mind as the Sooners break in a new starter behind center.”

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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