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December 19, 2013

Ikard gets (more)All-American honors

NORMAN — Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard picked up his second first-team All-American honor this season when he was selected for the 2013 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team Wednesday.

With 53 Sooners being named to the team 62 times in history, Oklahoma has had the most players named to the AFCA Coaches All-America Team. Already named a Walter Camp First-Team All-American, Ikard has also won the Wuerffel Trophy and the Selmon Spirit Award this postseason. The senior has been named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year, was a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete and was a consensus All-Big 12 First Team pick by both the coaches and the Associated Press.

Ikard is the first OU player to be an All-American since wide receiver Ryan Broyles in 2011, the first Sooner offensive lineman to be an All-American since tackle Trent Williams in 2009 and the first OU center to be an All-American center since Vince Carter in 2004.

OU inks two JUCOs: Oklahoma announced the signing of two junior college players for next season Wednesday. Tight end Isaac Ijalana and linebacker Devante Bond will both enroll at OU when the spring semester begins in January.

“We are pleased to announce that Isaac and Devante have signed with the University of Oklahoma,”

OU coach Bob Stoops said in a statement.

“They are talented individuals who we believe can make contributions to our program. We look forward to their arrival on campus. “

Ijalana (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) is a three-star recruit from Woodland Hills, Calif. Ijalana hails from Mount Holly, N.J., and attended Rancocas Valley High School. He played in five games this year and caught eight passes for 80 yards as Pierce finished with a 9-2 record.

Bond (6-2, 230), recorded 77 tackles in 11 games during the 2012 season for Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif. He led the California Community College Athletic Association with 17.0 sacks, while his three fumble recoveries also lead the conference. Bond had a tackle for loss in every game that season, including nine contests with at least 2.0 TFL. He finished the year with 27.0 tackles for a loss of 159 yards and added four pass breakups.

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