Oklahoma's Greatest Football All-American (1974)

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Greg Pruitt 1971, 1972

1971-1973 was a three way race between Greg Pruitt, Jack Mildren and Lucious Selmon with the three All-Americans finishing in that particular order. With more votes registered than any of our other greatest All-American votes is was no doubt one of the most difficult ones yet.  

However, if you thought 1971-1972 was hard? Wait until you see this! Oklahoma had 8 All-Americans in 1974 (The most of any season to that point) and the 8 more in 1975. The talent pool was so rich that we have to split up the two years. However that doesn’t make the selection any easier. Rod Shoate gets another crack at moving on but he’s up against the likes of other repeat selections Joe Washington, Lee Roy & Dewey Selmon, and Tinker Owens. This should be fun!

Joe Washington, HB - 1974, 1975
During his amazing career at OU, Joe Washington finished as the all-time leading rusher in school history. He also finished third on the career touchdown scoring chart.

The consensus All-American in 1974 finished third in the Heisman balloting, was the Washington, D.C., Player of the Year and the NCAA Football Player of the Year. Also receiving All-America honors in 1975, Washington was a key ingredient in the Sooners' national titles.

After winning the national title in 1974, the Sooners didn't look like they were going to repeat when they were losing by seven late in the fourth quarter to Missouri, but "Little Joe" took it in from 70 yards out. With the game on the line, Washington scored the two-point conversion for the win.

He was the fourth player taken in the 1976 draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Rod Shoate, LB - 1972, 1973, 1974

In 1974, Rod Shoate became only the second Sooner three-time All-American. He also earned the honor in 1972 and '73. With the speed of a running back (4.5 in the 40) and extraordinary strength, the linebacker was a dominant force. His 420 career tackles placed him third on the all-time list.

It was clear early on in his career that Shoate was special, as he recorded 22 tackles during his sophomore year against Iowa State. The Associated Press designated him the National Lineman of the Week.

He was taken in the second round by the New England Patriots in 1975.

Lee Roy Selmon, DT - 1974, 1975
Part of probably the most famous set of brothers in OU history, Lee Roy Selmon and his brothers gave Oklahoma one of the greatest defenses in history. Selmon was named a consensus All-American in 1975 and also in 1974 by Newspaper Enterprise Association.

His long list of achievements includes the Vince Lombardi Award, Outland Trophy, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American and Graduate Fellowship Winner National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

After one of the greatest careers in college football history, Selmon was the first player taken in the 1976 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.

In 1994 he became the first Sooner to be inducted into the GTE/CoSIDA Academic Hall of Fame, and in 1995 he became the first Sooner to be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Dewey Selmon, NG - 1974, 1975
Dewey Selmon was named a consensus All-American in 1975 and also received the honor from The Football News in 1974. He played alongside another All-American who just happened to be his brother, Lee Roy. The two were considered the best defensive linemen in the game.

While playing on two National Championship teams in 1974 and '75, he registered triple figures in tackles, second only to his brother as the team leader. When the Selmons graduated in 1976, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept the two from having to compete against each other.

Tampa Bay, who had drafted Lee Roy as the first player taken, picked up Dewey in the second round.

John Roush, OG - 1974
John Roush was named consensus All-American in 1974. The offensive guard was one of eight Sooners to receive the honor, the most for any OU team up to that point.

Roush credited a great deal of his success to his teammates. He said Lee Roy Selmon, Lucious Selmon and Rod Shoate were large factors. "I had to block against them in practice when I was on the scout team. Whew!" Roush was all-conference in 1973 and '74.

He excelled not only on the field, but also in the classroom, as he was a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection in 1974.

He was drafted in the 15th round by the San Diego in 1975.

Tinker Owens, SE - 1974, 1975
Tinker Owens came into the OU program playing in the shadow of his Heisman Trophy-winning brother, Steve Owens. After his 132-yard, MVP performance in the Sugar Bowl at the end of his freshman year, people started asking, "Steve who?"

Due to his 5-11, 168-lb. size, many opponents underestimated the two-time All-American's ability. Time and time again, he made them pay for it. He caught 62 passes during his career for 1,424 yards, placing him fourth on the all-time reception yardage list.

He was drafted in the fourth round by the New Orleans Saints in 1976.

Randy Hughes, DB - 1974
Randy Hughes earned All-America honors in 1974. Heavily recruited by every college football power coming out of Tulsa Memorial, the safety was chosen by the Tulsa World as the Prep Player of the Year, the first time a defensive back had ever won that award.

During his career at OU, he tied the record for passes broken up in a season with 12 in 1974 and finished fourth on the career interception list with 14.

Also an excellent student, Hughes was an academic all-conference selection in 1973 and '74, honored by the National Football Foundation as a scholar-athlete and named a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Hughes was drafted in the fourth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1975.

Kyle Davis, C - 1974
Kyle Davis was named to The Sporting News All-America team in 1974. An outstanding center, Davis was forced to sit during most of his career as he played behind two-time consensus All-American Tom Brahaney. But the time he spent as a backup made him a better player.

"It's an advantage being able to watch a good center play. I learned from the good things he did and the mistakes he made," Davis said.

The Altus native was a large part of the Sooners' national title in 1974. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. 

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