By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
All the All-American teams have been named, and it’s proven to be a rare year for Oklahoma.
Not only did it not have a first-team All-American this season; it breaks a six-year streak of having a consensus All-American.
The run started back in 2007 when linebacker Curtis Lofton and offensive lineman Duke Robinson both were named to the majority of the All-American teams released by The Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Quarterback Sam Bradford and Robinson continued the streak in 2008. Offensive tackle Trent Williams and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy ran it three straight years in 2009. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles and safety Quinton Carter were consensus All-Americans in 2010. Broyles was a repeat selection in 2011.
Since Bob Stoops became head coach in 1999, the longest the Sooners have gone without a consensus All-American is two seasons — 2005 and 2006. They’ve had two or more consensus All-Americans in nine of those years.
Texas A&M gives Big 12 validation
Some Big 12 Conference schools were hurt when Texas A&M left for the SEC. OU coach Bob Stoops wasn't in that group. On Tuesday, he seemed like the Aggies had given the Big 12 some validation by going 10-2 in its first season in the league.
Stoops brought up that Texas A&M, using the uptempo, spread offense that is common in the Big 12, led the SEC in every offensive category this season.
"It’s interesting to me that all that debate and coffee talk about SEC defenses and Big 12 offenses, they seem to have done pretty well in that league offensively," Stoops said. "I think they lead that league in every single category and it hasn’t hurt their winning; they won a bunch of games, too. They’re doing pretty good against all those defenses."
The teams will meet in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
"You can say how long does it take for them to be a SEC team and not a Big 12 team? I don’t get into those. It feels like we’re getting ready to play another excellent team," he said. "Whether they’re in the Big 12 … If they were in the Big 12, we would have already played. It didn’t work out that way."