The Oklahoma program recognized 17 football seniors Friday night at the team’s annual banquet, punctuating a 10-2 regular season and a trip to the AllState Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 against Alabama.
The senior class won two conference championships and earned 42 wins, the most of any other senior class in the Big 12.
Senior deep snapper and offensive lineman Austin Woods was named the Bob Kalsu Award winner. Woods, from Rockwall, Texas, is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the summer of 2012, Woods underwent chemotheraphy treatments through September while never missing workouts or school. Two months later, on November 1, 2012, Woods was told his cancer was in remission. He has been cancer-free since.
The Kalsu Award is given 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, in addition to serving as one of the Sooners’ top special teams performers. He played in 48 career games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Texas Tech.
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.
Defensive end David Driskill was selected for 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, Millard, linebacker Corey Nelson, wide receiver Jaz Reynolds and safety Julian Wilson each received their diplomas as the newest OU football college graduates.
Other awards included kicker Michael Hunnicutt and wide receiver Jalen Saunders being named the Special Teams Players of the Year. Driskill, Daniel Brooks, J.P. Hughes and Ruben Hunter were named Scout Team Players of the Year.