“The number of players recognized is probably the thing that pleases me the most,” said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. “We had some adversity this year, but our players never lost sight of the need for individual excellence and accountability, and how those things contribute to a strong team atmosphere.”
Offensive tackle Trent Williams, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Travis Lewis and cornerback Dominique Franks all made the first team. Both Williams and McCoy are repeat first-team selections. They become the 81st and 82nd Sooner players to earn all-league honors in two seasons.
McCoy is a finalist for the Lombardi Award. The junior has the longest string of consecutive starts on the team at 39. He has made 31 tackles this season, including 14.5 for loss and five sacks.
Williams, the only OU first-teamer who is a senior, missed the regular season finale with an injury, but led the Sooners with 102 knockdowns and topped the offensive line in total plays at 885.
Lewis, a sophomore, leads Oklahoma in tackles for a second straight season. His current total is 100, including nine tackles for loss.
Franks has a defensive touchdown for a second straight year. He returned one of his three interceptions on the season for an 85-yard touchdown at Kansas. The junior also has 42 tackles.
Second team selections from OU included running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Ryan Broyles, offensive lineman Brody Eldridge, defensive end Jeremy Beal, safety Quinton Carter, cornerback Brian Jackson and punter Tress Way.
Oklahoma’s honorable mention picks were running back Chris Brown, Broyles as a return specialist, linebacker Keenan Clayton, defensive end Auston English, defensive back Jonathan Nelson, linebacker Ryan Reynolds and defensive tackle Adrian Taylor.
Several Sooners also received honorable mention for the league’s individual awards. Those players included Jeremy Beal for defensive player of the year, Landry Jones as freshman offensive player of the year, Gerald McCoy as both defensive lineman and defensive player of the year and Trent Williams as offensive lineman of the year.
With the addition of four this season, Oklahoma currently stands at 443 first-team all-conference players over its 94 years of league memberships (4.7 per year). OU’s first season of affiliation was 1915 as a member of the Southwest Conference.