Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year on Thursday, also earning a spot on the Division I Academic All-America Team.
The team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
It's the third Academic All-American honor for Ikard, who was named to the first team last season and second team as a sophomore in 2011.
He's the first All-America of the Year for the Sooners' football team and the fourth at the school. Lana Moran (softball, 1999-2000), Stacey Dales (women's basketball, 2000-01) and Aaron Ivey (baseball, 2006-07) also earned the honors.
Ikard has started 48 of 50 games at center or left guard and leads the Sooners with 82 knockdown blocks this season.
He's a two-time All-Big 12 honoree, a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy. Both of those awards honor players for their performances on and off the field.
Ikard, an Oklahoma City native and former Bishop McGuinness standout, earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a winner of a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. He is also a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy as the top scholar-athlete in the nation.
He graduated with a 4.0 GPA in May and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree.
Oklahoma has now landed an individual on the Academic All-America squad each of the last four years, a feat that was last accomplished from 1962-68.
MEIER BUMMED ABOUT 6A DELAY
Tulsa Union and Jenks were scheduled to play for the Class 6A championship Thursday night, but weather forced the game to be pushed back a week to Thursday, Dec. 12.
The game was supposed to be played at Stillwater's Boone Pickens Stadium, but instead will be held at the University of Tulsa's Chapman Stadium.
Union senior tight end Carson Meier and senior receiver Jeffery Mead are both committed to Oklahoma.
“I wish I could be playing the game right now,” Meier said Thursday evening. “I'm ready to play it. It's killing me to have to wait another week. It's pretty hard to get down there in this weather, though.”
Either Tulsa Union or Jenks has won each of the last 17 Class 6A state championships.
MIKE STOOPS: OFFENSE, DEFENSE MUST WORK TOGETHER
Oklahoma's defense played well early in the Sooners' blowout loss at Baylor last month, but with the OU offense struggling to stay on the field, the Bears' explosive attack eventually racked up points and yards on an exhausted OU defense.
In the Sooners' win at Kansas State two weeks ago, though, quarterback Trevor Knight and the OU offense won the time of possession battle and were successful in converting more third-down attempts.
“You're not winning one-sided games,” OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “You have to be good on both sides and in special teams. It takes all equal parts to play well and compliment each other.
“When we're playing our best, we're feeding off each other. It helps you be more aggressive in our ability to call plays, too. It all works together. When the offense feels you're playing good defense it feels it can be more aggressive too.”
Junior defensive end Geneo Grissom, on the Sooners' underdog status:
“We're still Oklahoma. But at the same time we've been underdogs for the majority of the season. It's nothing new for us to go out there and do what we've been coached to do.”