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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

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.


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.

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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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