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Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1984-1986)

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George Cumby 1977, 1979

George Cumby is moving on from the period of 1979-1983 after overcoming a small challenge from Rick Bryan. Now it gets tricky again. Who was better from 1984-1986? Tony Casillas? Brian Bosworth? How about Keith Jackson? I know it isn’t fair but now your votes must decide.

Tony Casillas, NG - 1984, 1985
Tony Casillas was a consensus All-American in both 1984 and '85. Then-head coach Barry Switzer called him perhaps the greatest defensive linemen ever at Oklahoma. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Eight and National Lineman of the Year by UPI in 1984.

He became only the second Sooner ever to win the Vince Lombardi Award, given to the top lineman in the country. A dominant pass-rusher who is tied for fifth on the career sack list with 18, Casillas was a big part of the Sooners' national title in 1985.

He was the second player taken in the 1986 draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

Kevin Murphy, DE - 1985
Kevin Murphy earned All-America honors during the 1985 season. He was named All-Big Eight three times during his career. UPI named Murphy Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. During that year, he recorded 144 tackles, placing him eighth on the season-best list.

Extremely quick and versatile, Murphy ranks third on the career tackles for loss chart with 36 and second for tackles by a down lineman with 342.

He was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1986.

Brian Bosworth, LB - 1985, 1986
Brian Bosworth was a consensus All-American in both 1985 and 1986. One of the greatest college football players of all time, he set the school record for tackles in a game with 22 against Miami in 1986.

The only collegian ever to win the Butkus Award twice, he led the Sooners in tackles during 1984-86 along with being named All-Big Eight each of those years. Also an excellent student, the "Boz" was a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1986.

He was drafted first in the supplemental draft by the Seattle Seahawks in 1987.

Anthony Phillips, OG - 1986, 1987
Anthony Phillips earned national honors twice during his career, including consensus All-America honors in 1988.

One of only three Sooners to be named all-conference in all four years, he was an extremely versatile player who moved from offensive tackle to guard. His quickness and intelligence made him one of the top offensive linemen in the country.

Phillips also excelled in the classroom. He was named Academic All-Big Eight four times and was named GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America in 1987.

Phillips was an NCAA Top Six Award winner and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 12th round in 1989.

Keith Jackson, TE - 1986, 1987
Keith Jackson was consensus All-American in both 1986 and 1987 and was named all-conference from 1985-87. As a junior, he averaged an amazing 28.8 yards per reception on a team that was last in the NCAA in passing for most of the season. Jackson averaged 27.5 yards per reception as a senior.

His versatility made him not only a great receiver and blocker, but also a rushing threat. He had a run of 66 yards against Minnesota during his junior year. Jackson became the first Sooner to receive the NCAA Top Six Award.

He was the 13th player taken in the 1988 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson was a member of the Green Bay Packers? Super Bowl XXXI championship team. He worked with TNT as a NFL commentator and was also a member of the Oklahoma Sooner Football Radio Network during the 1998 season.

He became the 15th Sooner player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December 2001.

Mark Hutson, OG - 1986, 1987
Mark Hutson was a consensus All-American in 1987 and a first-team choice in 1986. He was named to the all-conference team from 1985-87.

Described by then assistant head coach Merv Johnson as "one of the most fundamentally solid and sound linemen I have ever worked with," he made the transition from tackle to guard at the beginning of the 1985 season. Hutson led a unit that was so good it earned player of the week nomination after the opening game of the 1986 season against UCLA.

He was a third-round draft choice by the Dallas Cowboys in 1988.

Poll

Who was Oklahoma's greatest football All-American from 1984-1986?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Tony Casillas, NG - 1984, 1985
    (17 votes)
  • 1%
    Kevin Murphy, DE - 1985
    (1 vote)
  • 36%
    Brian Bosworth, LB - 1985, 1986
    (33 votes)
  • 1%
    Anthony Phillips, OG - 1986, 1987
    (1 vote)
  • 41%
    Keith Jackson, TE - 1986, 1987
    (37 votes)
  • 1%
    Mark Hutson, OG - 1986, 1987
    (1 vote)
90 votes total Vote Now