Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American: 2004-2007

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Jason White - 2003

Jason White edged out Tommie Harris as Oklahoma’s greatest All-American from 2003 and now it is time to make our final selection as to who will move on to the second round of our search for the greatest of all time. Under Bob Stoops the Sooners have had only two years in which no players were named as All-Americans. One of those was his first season 1999 and the other was 2005. Despite that OU still had 8 players named All-Americans from 2004-2007. The decision of which one of them moves on to the next round is yours to make.

Adrian Peterson, RB - 2004
Playing against a schedule that included five ranked opponents, Adrian Peterson proved himself one of the greatest freshman rushers in the history of college football. He was named a unanimous All-American his first season as a Sooner.

Peterson burst onto the national scene as a true freshman at Oklahoma during the 2004 season. The Palestine, Texas, native amassed 1,843 yards and 15 touchdowns and helped OU to its second consecutive undefeated regular season, the 2004 Big 12 Conference championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game in the 2005 FedEx Orange Bowl.

One of college football's most durable backs with a nation-leading 314 rushing attempts, Peterson was the first-ever freshman finalist for the Doak Walker Award. Peterson was also invited to New York as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy along with senior quarterback -- and 2003 winner -- Jason White.

Peterson broke three NCAA freshman rushing records: most consecutive 100-yard rushing games (9), most total 100-yard rushing games (11) and most rushing attempts by a freshman with 314.

Dan Cody, DE - 2004
Dan Cody earned All-America honors as a senior defensive end during the 2004 season. He was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top DE, and was named to the All-Big 12 Conference Team for the second consecutive season.

Cody played both the down position and as a spinner (standing up) during 2004 and led the Big 12 with nine sacks. He had a team-high 15 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hurries in helping the Sooners to a perfect regular season for the second consecutive year, the 2004 Big 12 Conference Championship and a berth in the BCS National Championship Game in the 2005 FedEx Orange Bowl.

Cody also led the team in sacks in 2003 with 10 including three in Oklahoma's 52-9 rout of in-state rival Oklahoma State. The Ada, Okla., native led the team in tackles for loss with 17 (-93 yards) and was No. 3 on the team in quarterback hurries with 17. He earned second team Academic All-Big 12.

Cody saw extensive action in a backup role in 2002 including a season-high four tackles against Texas A&M. He had one sack in three different games and recovered a fumble against UTEP. Cody was out for medical reasons during the 2001 season.

In 2000, Cody was one of three true freshmen to see playing time with the Sooner defense. He had three tackles in Oklahoma's 13-2 victory against Florida State in the Orange Bowl in the National Championship Game.

Mark Clayton, WR - 2003, 2004
Oklahoma receiver Mark Clayton was a two-time All-American for the Sooners in 2003 and 2004. As a senior, Clayton led the team in receptions (62) and receiving yards (855) with eight touchdowns. Clayton also returned seven punts for 101 yards and one TD.

As a junior in 2003, was a Biletnikoff Award finalist as the nation's top receiver and a consensus All-Big 12 pick.

Clayton set school records for career receiving yards (2,365), season receiving yards (1,425), receiving yards in a game (190 vs. Texas, 2003), most receptions in a season (83), most touchdown receptions in a career (23) and season (15) and career 100-yard receiving games (11).

Clayton had a string of eight straight games with a TD reception during the 2003 season and 13 of his last 16 games. He also had eight 100-yard receiving games his junior year with 10 receptions for 40 or more yards, the most ever by an OU player (Tinker Owens had seven in 1973).

Clayton was a devastating blocker on special teams credited with five tackles on kickoff coverage including 12 knockdowns against Texas.

Vince Carter, C - 2004
Oklahoma center Vince Carter earned All-America honors as a senior in 2004. The Waco, Texas, native stepped in as a freshman when Josh Smith went out with an injury in 2001 and went on to start at center for the Sooners for four seasons.

He earned first team All-Big 12 Conference honors in 2003 and 2004.

As a senior in 2004, Carter helped pave the way for running back Adrian Peterson and protected quarterback Jason White -- both Heisman Trophy finalists -- as the Sooners completed a second consecutive undefeated regular season and won the 2004 Big 12 Conference Championship.

As a junior in 2003, Carter finished with 118 knockdowns and one sack allowed. He did not start the first game of the season due to an injury, but then started the last 13.

As a sophomore in 2002, Carter helped open holes for OU's first 1,000-yard rusher (Quentin Griffin) since Bob Stoops became the head coach. He also helped increase OU's yards per carry average by a full yard over the 2001 season and was part of a line that surrendered just 18 sacks (less than two per game).|

As a freshman in 2001, Carter started the last nine regular season games and the Cotton Bowl at center. He was named to The Sporting News All-America second team.

Jammal Brown, OT - 2003, 2004
Offensive tackle Jammal Brown was a named a unanimous All-American in 2004. The Lawton, Okla., native was also an All-American in 2003 and a three-time All-Big 12 Conference standout for the Sooners.

Brown won the 2004 Outland Trophy presented to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman. He became the fifth Outland winner from Oklahoma and the first since Greg Roberts in 1978.

As a senior in 2004, Brown paved the way for running back Adrian Peterson and protected quarterback Jason White -- both Heisman Trophy finalists -- as the Sooners completed a second consecutive undefeated regular season and won the 2004 Big 12 Conference Championship.

Brown led the team in knockdowns and did not allow a sack or a quarterback hurry the entire season. The 2004 Sooner offensive line surrendered just seven sacks in 12 games.

As a junior in 2003, Brown had the highest season grade among Oklahoma's offensive linemen and finished with a team-high 127 knockdown blocks and just one sack allowed. Brown's athleticism and speed for a 313-pounder were on display in OU's win over UCLA when he ran down Bruin linebacker Spencer Havner to make a touchdown-saving tackle at the end of a 72-yard interception return.

As a sophomore, Brown had 80 knockdowns with just one penalty and was just one percentage point out of the team lead in offensive line grading. He started every game at right tackle and was part of a line that allowed just 18 sacks all season (less than two per game).

Brown contributed early as a redshirt freshman in 2001 when he played several series at right tackle at Nebraska. He earned All-State honors in high school as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation at Lawton Macarthur.

Rufus Alexander, LB - 2006
Senior linebacker Rufus Alexander was named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches' Association at the conclusion of the 2006 season.

Alexander become the 142nd All-American in OU's 112 seasons of intercollegiate football competition. He was the 58th Oklahoma player honored by the AFCA. No other school has had as many AFCA All-Americans.

Alexander helped Oklahoma earn its 40th conference title with a Big 12 championship and an 11-3 overall record.

The Baton Rouge, La., native led the Sooner defense in 2006 with 118 tackles (75 solo) including 12 for loss (-43 yards). Alexander was also credited with 3.5 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles (two recoveries) and an interception.

Alexander had 36 starts in his career including every game of the 2006 and 2005 seasons. He played in 39 total games for the Sooners from 2003-06 after redshirting in 2002.

The 2006 Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Alexander became the first OU player to lead the team in tackles in back to back seasons since Rocky Calmus did so in three consecutive seasons from 1999-2001.

Duke Robinson, OL - 2007
Offensive lineman Duke Robinson was named first team All-American by the Associated Press, Football Writers, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated for the 2007 season. Robinson was also a consensus All-Big 12 pick. He started at left guard in 12 of Oklahoma's 13 games and saw action in all 13 contests. 
 
Robinson, a 6-5, 352-pound left guard, has consistently posted the highest grade among OU's mammoth line. He also tops the team in knockdown blocks. The junior from Atlanta logged 663 plays on the season and graded at 78%. He was credited with 97 knockdown blocks, including a high of 13 against Miami.

The Sooner line is among the best at protecting the quarterback. OU has allowed a total of just 11 sacks through its first 12 games and ranks No. 5 nationally in fewest sacks allowed.

That protection has allowed redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford to post some of the best passing numbers in school history. He ranks No. 1 nationally in passing efficiency with a rating of 182.23.
 
Robinson helped clear the way for an Oklahoma offense that ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring at 43.4 points per game. The Sooners are No. 4 in sacks allowed with less than one per game.

Curtis Lofton, LB - 2007
Sooner linebacker Curtis Lofton earned first team All-America honors from the Football Writers of Association of America (FWAA) and the Sporting News in 2007.
 
Lofton, a junior from Kingfisher, Okla., enjoyed a remarkable year with a team-high 142 tackles, the best total posted during Bob Stoops' nine years at Oklahoma.
 
He needs just three stops in the Fiesta Bowl to move onto OU's all-time single season list for tackle leaders.
 
Lofton also established a school record with eight double-digit tackle games, including a career-high 18 in OU's first win over Missouri. That mark had been shared by two former Sooner greats and had been on the books for many years. Jackie Shipp had seven in 1981 and Daryl Hunt had seven in 1977.
 
Lofton scored two touchdowns on the season, a 45-yard interception return against Utah State and a 12-yard fumble return against Missouri. He also forced red zone turnovers against Texas (fumble), Iowa State (tipped pass that was intercepted by D.J. Wolfe) and Oklahoma State (fumble).
 
In the Big 12 title game, Lofton picked off a Chase Daniel pass and returned it 26 yards to the Tiger 7-yard line. The Sooner offense cashed in the takeaway with a touchdown to expand OU's lead to 28-14. The play tipped the momentum and Oklahoma cruised in with a 38-17 triumph.
 
Earlier, Lofton was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

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