Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard has been named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and has been voted, for the third consecutive year, to the Division 1 Academic All-America first team.
Ikard has already graduated with an undergraduate degree in mulitdisciplinary studies with a biological sciences emphasis. He is presently working on a second undergraduate degree in human relations. He has a perfect 4.00 grade point average.
A four-year starter on the offensive line for Oklahoma, for the past two years Ikard has been an All-American and All-Big 12 center for the Sooners. The Oklahoma City native is the anchor of a Sooner offensive line that blocks for the Big 12′s second-best rushing attack this season and the country’s 16th-best team running the football.
The OU senior has been named a midseason All-American by USA Today Sports, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com. He is a finalist this year for the Campbell Trophy, presented to the college football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-the-field performance, and is a repeat finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, an annual award that honors the student athlete with the same three attributes. Ikard has been an offensive captain for the Sooners for the past two seasons and is a four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
Ikard is one of two college players who are repeat selections on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America first team.
Joining Ikard on the Academic All-America first team is University of Texas long-snapper Nate Boyer. The 32-year-old Boyer served in the U.S. Army Special Forces as a Green Beret before walking on to the Texas football team in 2010. He serves as the long-snapper on field goals, point-after touchdown tries and punts and has not had a bad snap in his career at Texas. Boyer is a junior in terms of eligibility, but has already received his undergraduate degree in sports management.
One other Big 12 football player was named to the Academic All-America second team: Oklahoma State linebacker Caleb Lavery. Lavery is from Celina, Texas. He has a 3.37 GPA and a degree in Finance, and is currently working on his MBA.