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Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1979-1983)

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Billy Sims 1978, 1979

Billy Sims was our run-a-way selection for the period of 1976-1978 and although he was named as an All-American again in 1979 we’re going to leave him off this list because he has already moved on to the next round. The period of 1979-1983 features three Sooners who were selected as All-Americans at least twice during their playing careers. Your votes will decide which one will move on in our pursuit of Oklahoma’s greatest football All-American.

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.

Louis Oubre, OT - 1980
Versatile and athletic, Louis Oubre was an all-around standout on the offensive line. Quick feet made him a nimble pass blocker, while his explosiveness proved effective in opening holes for the OU ground game.

Oubre's All-American season resulted in a 10-2 record and an 18-17 victory over Florida State in the Orange Bowl. That 1980 team rushed for 5.7 yards per carry, still one of the best figures ever posted at Oklahoma.

Oubre was drafted in the fifth round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints.

Terry Crouch, G - 1980, 1981
During his junior year Terry Crouch was the only conference player to be named to The Sporting News All-America first team. In 1981, he was named a consensus All-American to cap off a phenomenal career.

He was an extremely durable player who never missed a game due to injury in his three-year career. The two-time All-Big Eight selection was one of the team leaders, as he anchored the offensive line.

He was drafted in the fifth round by the Baltimore Colts in 1982.

Rick Bryan, DT - 1982, 1983
Rick Bryan was a consensus All-American in both 1982 and 1983. He was part of the all-conference team during 1981-83. In 1982, he was named Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year.

Bryan was also a member of the academic all-conference team from 1981-83 for his achievements in the classroom. Considered a fierce competitor, he ranks eighth on the Sooner career tackle list with 352.

Bryan was the ninth player taken in the 1984 draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

 

 

 

Poll

Who was Oklahoma's greatest football All-American from 1979-1983?

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    George Cumby, LB - 1977, 1979
    (30 votes)
  • 4%
    Louis Oubre, OT - 1980
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Terry Crouch, G - 1980, 1981
    (2 votes)
  • 32%
    Rick Bryan, DT - 1982, 1983
    (16 votes)
50 votes total Vote Now