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Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1946-1948)

Last week Frank "Pop" Ivy became our second Oklahoma All-American to advance to in our search for Oklahoma’s greatest football All-American and now its time for us to decide on the third candidate.

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Frank "Pop" Ivy 1939

From 1946 to 1948 Oklahoma had six All-Americans in football, including the university’s first three-time selection and the first quarterback to receive the honor. Listed below is each of the All-Americans and their short bio. Cast your vote for who you believe to be the greatest of them during this span.

John Rapacz, C - 1946
John Rapacz earned All-America honors in 1946. The two-time all-conference center was one of the top blockers in the country.

His power helped get HB Joe Golding the highest rushing average for one game, 23.4 on seven runs for 164 yards, against Kansas State in 1946.

Rapacz's outstanding play in the 1947 Gator Bowl helped OU win its first bowl game in school history. The Sooners destroyed North Carolina State, 34-13, and racked up 270 total yards behind the blocking of Rapacz.

He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns during the seventh round in 1947.

Paul "Buddy" Burris, G - 1946, 1947, 1948
Paul "Buddy" Burris became the first Sooner to earn All-America honors three times, including being named a consensus All-American in 1948. He said after his career was over that he should have been playing as a linebacker, but his play as both an offensive and defensive guard helped bring about an OU dynasty during the '50s.

Burris started a similar dynasty as four of his brothers would follow him into Norman to play for the Sooners. It's probably the largest family from one generation ever to play for Oklahoma.

He was drafted in the ninth round by Brooklyn in 1949. Burris was also the first player from OU to be inducted into the Helms Athletic Foundation Football Hall of Fame.

Plato Andros, G - 1946
Plato Andros earned All-America honors in 1946. After spending more than four years fighting with the Coast Guard against Nazi submarines in World War II, he came back to Norman to finish his career with the Sooners.

The all-conference selection was an outstanding blocker on offense. Most believe his dominant play on defense clearly distinguished what a great player he was. During the 1946 season, the Sooners faced top-ranked Army. The Cadets hadn't lost in three years, but at halftime the Sooners had the game dead-locked at 7-7. OU's defense, led by Andros, held Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis to 19 yards on 12 carries, his all-time low, and zero points.

Andros was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams during the seventh round in 1947.


Poll

Who was Oklahoma's greatest All-American between 1946-1948?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    John Rapacz, C - 1946
    (2 votes)
  • 72%
    Paul "Buddy" Burris, G - 1946, 1947, 1948
    (18 votes)
  • 12%
    Plato Andros, G - 1946
    (3 votes)
  • 8%
    Jack Mitchell, QB - 1948
    (2 votes)
25 votes total Vote Now