Gabe Ikard’s story is something very special. He was a three-star tight end out of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City, OK with plenty of offers.
Notre Dame, Stanford, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M to name a few. However, Ikard ended up in Norman.
The senior has added a lot of pounds and awards since then, and last night, Ikard was named a Walter Camp First-Team All-American.
A huge honor for anyone, and especially for OU’s starting center who’s moved around the offensive line in his four years and stepped in to a huge leadership position this season.
As the man snapping the ball to OU’s array of quarterbacks, Ikard and this offensive line have been outstanding to say the least.
Oklahoma’s running game has been the big surprise this season, as well as a big blessing. While OU is deep at running back, give credit to Ikard and his line for paving the way for the likes of Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, as well as OU’s newly found dual-threat quarterbacks.
Ikard already received first-team honors from the Big 12, but was snubbed of the Rimington Trophy, annually given to college football’s best center. Florida State’s Bryan Stork earned the award.
This is the 154th time an Oklahoma Sooner has received All-American honors, and the 34th in the Bob Stoops era.
Ikard now has one more trophy on his list, which is none other than the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
This is undoubtedly the toughest team OU will face this year and is arguably the biggest bowl test OU has had in the Stoops era, minus a few national championships.
Win or lose, though, it’s been a great year for Ikard, who will hopefully see one more win while wearing the crimson and have a successful career in the National Football League.