Oklahoma Sooners center Gabe Ikard earned another big award to add to his mantle as the American Football Coaches Association named him to their 2013 All-American team on Dec. 18. According to NewsOK, this award is added to his Walter Camp All-American award.
Ikard was the only Sooner to make the American Football Coaches Association's 2013 All-American team in a year where OU disappointed many of their fans but still made it to a BCS bowl in the year's final hurrah before the College Football Playoff's start next season.
The Big 12 sent a total of five players to the All-American team. Joining Ikard on the team is Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro, Baylor Bears offensive lineman Cyril Richardson, Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat, and Baylor defensive back Ahmad Dixon.
Baylor, the Stanford Cardinal and Texas A&M Aggies all saw two players make the All-American team while the Alabama Crimson Tide had a nation high four players make the squad. The Oklahoma Sooners BCS bowl opponent is Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Ikard, a senior, also accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine game, which takes place on Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla. This game will give NFL scouts a chance to evaluate him further to see how high he can rise in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Running back Brennan Clay joins Ikard in that game on the West team, which will be coached by former Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel. Seniors Jalen Saunders and Aaron Colvin will also play in all-star games, accepting invitations to the Senior Bowl.