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OU football notebook: Gabe Ikard named to AFCA All-America team

The senior from Bishop McGuinness has started 49 games in his career, including all 12 this season. He is the first Sooner to be named a first-team All-American since receiver Ryan Broyles in 2011.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 18, 2013
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Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard added to his collection of postseason honors Wednesday, when he was named to the American Football Coaches Association's 2013 All-America team.

Ikard was already named a Walter Camp first-team All-American, won the Wuerffel Trophy and the Selmon Spirit Award and was named the Capitol One Academic All-American of the Year this postseason.

The senior from Bishop McGuinness has started 49 games in his career, including all 12 this season. He is the first Sooner to be named a first-team All-American since receiver Ryan Broyles in 2011.

CLAY, IKARD ACCEPT SHRINE GAME INVITES

Ikard and senior running back Brennan Clay accepted invitations to play in the 89th annual East-West Shrine game, scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 18, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Clay is the Sooners' leading rusher this season, with 913 yards and six touchdowns. He's only 87 yards away from becoming Oklahoma's first 1,000-yard rusher since DeMarco Murray in 2010.

Clay and Ikard will play on the West team, which will be coached by Romeo Crennel, the former coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns.

OU seniors Jalen Saunders and Aaron Colvin have also accepted postseason all-star game invitations, with the receiver and cornerback scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl.

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Freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander, on the Sooners' underdog status for the Sugar Bowl:

“I mean we've been the underdog all year … nobody expected us to do what we've done this year, as far as making it to the Sugar Bowl and things like that, and beating some of the teams we've beaten.”

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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