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OU football notebook: Former Sooner Albert Qualls dies

Qualls, 64, played defensive and linebacker for OU. He became a professor at Texas Southern University after his playing career ended.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: August 19, 2013

Former Oklahoma defensive end and linebacker Albert Qualls died last week.

Qualls, 64, became a professor at Houston's Texas Southern University after his playing career ended.

Qualls made one of the most memorable plays of his college career in Oklahoma's 28-27 Bedlam victory in 1969, when he sacked OSU quarterback Bob Cutberth on a 2-point conversion play with 1:15 left.

He played at Oklahoma from 1969-71. His senior year, he started in the “Game of the Century” against Nebraska.

Funeral services for Qualls are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel at Houston's Duncan Mortuary.


Another week, another preseason All-America selection for Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard.

Ikard landed on's 2013 Preseason All-America Team, released Monday morning.

The 6-foot-3, 298-pound Ikard was also named to the Sports Illustrated and preseason All-America teams.

Ikard was one of four Big 12 players on the squad, which also included Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson and TCU cornerback Jason Verrett.


Oklahoma wide receiver commitment Mark Andrews came in at No. 87 on the latest update of the 2014 Rivals100, which was released Monday morning.

Andrews (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) is the 13th-ranked wide receiver on the list.

Andrews committed to OU earlier this month over offers from Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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