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OU football: Gabe Ikard says 'PastaGate' has been ridiculous but entertaining

The NFL prospect receives four bags of food from Olive Garden, a good-luck phone call from chain president David George.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 23, 2014

Ikard started 50 games on the offensive line during his collegiate career, and is now working toward a professional career.

The former Sooner played in the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game, and then had an impressive showing at the Combine last weekend.

Oklahoma runs an up-tempo, no-huddle offense that almost exclusively uses the shotgun, and Ikard said his ability to snap with a quarterback under center is one area scouts are concerned about.

“I proved I was capable to huddle and play efficiently at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl,” Ikard said. “I also proved my ability to (snap with the quarterback under center) at those all-star games; I didn't have a single issue.”

And while the excess pasta revelation and the ensuing “PastaGate” saga were positively goofy, Ikard said he “had a lot of fun with it.”

The official Olive Garden Twitter account began interacting with Ikard last week, resulting in the bags of food he received.

He also got a good-luck phone call from David George, the Olive Garden president, the night before his combine field drills.

“I love how people have made this fun for Austin Woods and me because it really is just silly,” Ikard said.

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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