OU football notebook: Sooner center Gabe Ikard named Academic All-America of the Year

It's the third Academic All-American honor for Ikard, a former Bishop McGuinness High School standout.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: December 5, 2013

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.”

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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.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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