The Oklahoma Sooners give out the Don Key Award every season on Senior Day to the seniors who demonstrate excellence in both the classroom and on the field. This year, the award went to two players – Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard.
Ikard has been a starter for 46 of his 48 games with the Oklahoma Sooners and has been the team captain for two seasons. There is a strong chance that Ikard will hear his name called in the 2014 NFL Draft once his Sooners’ career comes to an end.
Millard is a sad case because his Oklahoma Sooners’ playing career has already come to an end after tearing his ACL earlier this season. The fullback has 677 receiving yards and 538 rushing yards as well as 13 touchdowns over his career, while ranking third in OU history for receptions by a running back with 70. His biggest contributions on the field came more in the blocking game. He was the lead blocker for the Belldozer formation that scored so many touchdowns the previous two seasons.
In the classroom, Ikard has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is working on his second undergraduate degree from OU. Millard has a 3.69 GPA and is majoring in psychology.
The Don Key Award was named after a three-year starter in the ‘80s whose career ended after a tragic battle with cancer. Barry Switzer created the award in 1982.