Sunday, December 15, 2013

OU Football Announces 2013 Award Winners

The University of Oklahoma football team recognized its senior class and numerous individuals at the team’s annual dinner and awards ceremony Friday.

Head coach Bob Stoops recognized 17 seniors for their accomplishments and contributions. This year’s senior class registered four consecutive bowl berths and two Big 12 championships, while registering 42 wins, the most in the Big 12. This contingent of seniors produced a 21-3 home mark and a 27-8 conference record, including three straight victories against Texas.

Senior deep snapper and offensive lineman Austin Woods was named the Bob Kalsu Award winner. Woods, from Rockwall, Texas, has been the Sooners’ reliable deep snapper for each of the past four seasons and is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

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After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the summer of 2012, Woods underwent chemotheraphy treatments through September while simultaneously attending team workouts, then school and two-a-days. Two months later, on November 1, 2012, Woods was told his cancer was in remission. He has been cancer-free since that day.

The Kalsu Award is bestowed annually to a member of the team who personifies Kalsu’s spirit of leadership, serving as a motivator and role model for his teammates. Kalsu earned All-America honors in 1967 as an offensive tackle while helping the Sooners to a Big 8 Championship. Serving as a member of the U.S. Army's highly-decorated 101st Airborne Division, Kalsu was killed by North Vietnamese mortar fire on July 21, 1970.

The Don Key Award, announced earlier this year before the Sooners’ game against Iowa State, was awarded to seniors Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard. Ikard is a 2013 Walter Camp All-American, 2013 Wuerffel Trophy award winner and the 2013 Division I Football Academic All-America of the Year. A two-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Ikard has started in 49 career games and is OU’s top-rated offensive lineman this season.

Also a team captain the past two seasons, Millard worked in a variety of positions (fullback, tight end, single back and H-back), in addition to serving as one of the Sooners’ top special teams performers. He played in 48 career games (18 starts) before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Texas Tech on Oct. 26.

The Don Key Award is presented annually to a senior who exemplifies all-around excellence in the classroom and on the field. Key was a three-year starter for the Sooners, an All-Big 8 guard and potential All-American until cancer surgery ended his football career in 1981. Barry Switzer established the Don Key Award in 1982. 

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Defensive end David Driskill was selected as the recipient of the Derrick Shepard Most Inspirational Walk-On Award. Driskill, a junior from Oklahoma City, served as an integral part of the club’s scout team this season.

Shepard joined the OU roster as a walk-on in 1983 before earning a prominent role as a wide receiver and return man on the Sooners’ 1985 National Championship team. Shepard passed away at the age of 35 in 1999 after suffering a heart attack.

Also on Friday, tight end Brannon Green, offensive lineman Bronson Irwin, fullback Trey Millard, linebacker Corey Nelson, wide receiver Jaz Reynolds and safety Julian Wilson each received their diplomas as the newest OU football college graduates.

See below for a complete list of players honored at Friday’s event.

2013 Oklahoma Football Award Winners

Bob Kalsu Award – Austin Woods

Don Key Award – Gabe Ikard and Trey Millard

Derrick Shepard Most Inspirational Walk-On Player of the Year Award – David Driskill

Special Teams Players of the Year – Michael Hunnicutt and Jalen Saunders

Scout Team Players of the Year – Daniel Brooks, David Driskill, JP Hughes and Ruben Hunter

December 2013 Graduates – Brannon Green, Bronson Irwin, Trey Millard, Corey Nelson, Jaz Reynolds, Julian Wilson

/// SoonerSports PR
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