Ikard is Big 12 Scholar of the Year

January 16, 2014

Oklahoma’s Gabe Ikard and Sallie McLaurin were named The Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients for the 2013 fall season. They were selected for their sports based on a vote of each sport’s head coaching group.

Ikard, a senior center for the OU football team from Oklahoma City, has taken home several academic awards throughout the season, including the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year as well as earning a spot on the 2013 Academic All-America Team and recipient of the 2013 Lee Roy Selmon Spirit Award. He is the first OU football student-athlete in program history to be named Academic All-America of the Year and the first to be named a three-time Academic All-American. A two-time All-Big 12 honoree, Ikard also won the Wuerffel Trophy and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and the William V. Campbell Trophy, honoring the top scholar-athlete in the nation. He was previously honored with the 2013 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award.

Ikard graduated in May 2013 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with a biological sciences theme and is pursuing a second undergraduate degree from OU.

McLaurin, an outside hitter for the Sooner volleyball team from Midwest City, is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 member. She has maintained a 3.73 GPA as she works towards a degree in health and exercise science.