Sep 14, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Brennan Clay (24) is congratulated by wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) and offensive linesman Gabe Ikard (64) and fullback Trey Millard (right) after running for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Gabe Ikard named 2014 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year

Former Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard is no stranger to winning off-the-field awards. He’s been an Academic All-American every year of his college career and has won numerous honors for his service in the community. Now, he can add a conference award to his list of accolades.

According to NewsOK’s Ryan Aber, Ikard is the recipient of the 2014 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year. The award honors students who demonstrate sportsmanship, community service, and academic achievement.

A four-year starter, Ikard was a consensus-All American for the Sooners this season. He was also named the 2013 Big Man on Campus and won the 2013 Wuerffel Trophy Award, Selmon Spirit Award, and Don Key Award.

He was also a finalist for numerous other awards, including the Senior Class Award, William V. Campbell Award, and the Bobby Bowden Award.

Earning his bachelor’s degree last year, Ikard also was named the Capital One All-American of the Year in football. He was named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American three times. He also won the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award and was named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

This past season, Ikard was an instrumental leader for the Oklahoma football team. With a lack of consistent quarterback play throughout the season, Ikard was seen as the leader of the offense and took on the role very well.

Ikard looks to continue his football career with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, the franchise he signed with as an undrafted free agent.

Mr. Ikard is a great example of why it’s possible to make an impact on the field, as well as off of it.

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