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Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1976-1978)

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Joe Washington - 1974,1975

Little Joe Washington had no problems making it to the next round on his second attempt by running away with the vote. Another running back will should be the favorite to win for the era of 1976-1978 which would give us an interesting match-up in the second round between two of Oklahoma’s most popular running backs. However, before Billy Sims can move on he'll have get more votes than George Cumby one of the greatest Sooner defenders, ever.

Let us know who you think should take on Joe Washington in the second round by telling us who was OU’s greatest All-American from 1976-1978. 

 

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.

Zac Henderson, FS - 1976, 1977
Zac Henderson was named the nation's outstanding defensive back in 1977 at the Heisman Trophy ceremonies in New York. He was a consensus All-American in 1977 and also received All-America honors in '76.

He was a four-year starter, finishing his career at OU in 1977 by tying the single-season interception record with seven. In that season, he had two interceptions in both the Colorado and Nebraska games.

He was one of the top coverage men in the conference throughout his career, as he earned All-Big Eight honors from 1975-77.

Greg Roberts, OG - 1977, 1978
Greg Roberts became the fourth Sooner to win the Outland Trophy, awarded to the outstanding lineman in the country, in 1978. He was also a consensus All-American in 1978, and also received All-America honors in '77.

During his senior year, most of the Sooners' plays were run over his right guard position, as OU led the nation in scoring and rushing and finished second in total offense. Using his incredible speed and strength, Roberts opened hole after hole for Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims.

He was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1979.

Reggie Kinlaw, NG - 1977, 1978
Reggie Kinlaw was named to the UPI All-America team in 1977 and repeated this honor in 1978 along with being honored by the Walter Camp Foundation and The Football News during his second year.

During his final two seasons he led all defensive linemen in tackles. He finished 1978 with 120 tackles, second on the team, along with seven tackles for a loss. One of his most outstanding games came against Texas during his senior year, when he had 15 tackles, 10 unassisted, and caused a fumble.

He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 12th round in 1979.

Daryl Hunt, LB - 1977, 1978
Daryl Hunt received All-America honors during both the 1977 and '78 seasons, and was named to The Football News squads. He also earned all-conference honors form 1976-78.

Described as a tough, hard-nosed tackler, Hunt led the Sooners in tackles between 1976-78 and finished as the all-time leader with 506 tackles. During his senior year, Hunt recorded an amazing 18 tackles twice, against Texas and Colorado. During the Red River battle he also had an interception, setting up an OU touchdown and a sack forcing the 'Horns to punt.

Hunt was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the sixth round in 1979.

George Cumby, LB - 1977, 1979
With a combination of speed and strength, George Cumby is considered one of the top defensive players of all time at Oklahoma. The two-time All-America selection was also named Defensive Newcomer of the Year and Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year twice.

Cumby was described by then-head coach Barry Switzer as "the only person I know who could go one-on-one with Earl Campbell and knock him backwards." He finished his career at Oklahoma with 405 career tackles, placing him fifth on the all-time list.

He was taken in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in 1980.

Billy Sims, RB - 1978, 1979
Billy Sims is considered one of the best running backs ever to carry a football. The two-time consensus All-American and 1978 Heisman Trophy winner led the Big Eight in rushing in both 1978 and '79 and led the nation in scoring during both of those years.

He set the all-time NCAA record for average yards per rush for backs carrying the ball a minimum of 500 times with 7 yards per carry. Sims capped off his regular season career with 282 yards against Missouri and 247 yards against Nebraska.

He was the first player taken in the 1980 draft by the Detroit Lions. In 1995 he became the 11th Sooner player to be inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

 

Poll

Who was Oklahoma's greatest football All-American from 1976-1978?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Mike Vaughan, OT - 1975, 1976
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Zac Henderson, FS - 1976, 1977
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Greg Roberts, OG - 1977, 1978
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Reggie Kinlaw, NG - 1977, 1978
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Daryl Hunt, LB - 1977, 1978
    (1 vote)
  • 6%
    George Cumby, LB - 1977, 1979
    (6 votes)
  • 84%
    Billy Sims, RB - 1978, 1979
    (77 votes)
91 votes total Vote Now