Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1975)

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Lee Roy Selmon 1974,1975

Lee Roy Selmon beat Little Joe Washington by just five votes for the year of 1974 but Little Joe isn’t done yet. They were both All-Americans in 1975 as well and since Lee Roy Selmon has already moved on I’m leaving him off the list from `75. Now we have to decide if Washington was better than Tinker Owens, Jimbo Elrod, Dewey Selmon and the rest of the crew from that year. Your vote will decide the difference.

 

Terry Webb, OG - 1975
Terry Webb was named to the 1975 Kodak All-America team. As a member of both the 1974 and '75 national title teams, Webb blew open the holes that made the potent wishbone a success.

Along with national recognition, he was also part of all-conference teams in 1974 and '75. His quickness and speed (4.8 in the 40) brought praise from his coaches.

"He has the fastest takeoff of any lineman I've ever coached," said then-offensive line coach Gene Hochevar.

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.

Mike Vaughan, OT - 1975, 1976
Mike Vaughan was named a consensus All-American in 1976. He was also part of The Football News All-America team in 1975. Considered the key component of the Sooners' offensive line that led them to a national title in 1975, he was also part of the 1974 National Championship team.

He was nicknamed "USS Vaughan" because of his huge size and destructive ability. He was also part of the All-Big Eight teams in both 1975 and '76. During his career at OU, the Sooners had a record of 30-3-1.

He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fourth round in 1977.

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.

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.

Jimbo Elrod, DE - 1975
Jimbo Elrod earned consensus All-America honors in 1975. Elrod's 44 tackles for loss leads the career list at OU. But this is just a small indication of his big-play ability. Against Texas, Elrod blindsided Earl Campbell, forcing a fumble that killed a Longhorn drive and set up OU's game-winning field goal.

His fast, reckless style was unequaled and brought on forced fumbles, blocked punts and quarterback sacks.

He was drafted in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1976.

Billy Brooks, SE - 1975
Considered OU's big-play man, Billy Brooks earned national honors while sharing time with another All-American, Tinker Owens.

With a 6-3, 202-lb. frame and great speed, Brooks was one of the top receivers in the country. At OU, he had receptions of 72, 68, and 63 yards. He had game-winning touchdowns against both Texas and Iowa State. During his career at OU, the Sooners had a record of 32-1-1.

He was the 11th player taken in the 1976 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

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