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Oklahoma’s Greatest Football All-American (1987-1995)

In the decade of the 80’s Oklahoma had 19 All-American selections. Since the year 2000 the Sooners have seen 24 players named as All-Americans. It is mind blowing to me that a program with such a great history and tradition had only two All-Americans during the decade of the 90’s.

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Keith Jackson 1986,1987

Keith Jackson was selected as an All-American for the second time in 1987 but you won’t find him on this list because he narrowly escaped Brian Bosworth as Oklahoma’s greatest All-American from 1984-1986. Now it is time to move on through the last group of All-Americans before the Bob Stoops era. Let us know who you think was the greatest.

Darrell Reed, De - 1987
Darrell Reed was named All-American in 1987 and is one of only three Sooners to be named all-conference four times. During 1987 he led the Sooners in sacks with eight and tackles for loss with five.

A very tough, quick defender, Reed was extremely durable during his career, coming back from injuries without losing a step. He is tied for fifth on the all-time sack list with 18. The defense he was part of during the 1987 season held opponents to an average of 7.5 points per game while the Sooners went undefeated during the regular season.

Reed was drafted by Green Bay in the fifth round in 1988.

Danté Jones, LB - 1987
Danté Jones earned consensus All-America and All-Big Eight honors in 1987. In the 1987 Orange Bowl he was named the Most Valuable Lineman with nine unassisted tackles, an interception and a pass broken up as OU routed Arkansas 42-8.

During the 1987 season he led the Sooners with 118 tackles. In the final regular season game of his career, Jones dominated the highly touted, No. 1-ranked Nebraska Cornhusker offense. He finished the game with 12 tackles, 10 unassisted, and an interception.

He was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bears in 1988.

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.

Rickey Dixon, DB - 1987
Rickey Dixon was named a consensus All-American in 1987, along with all-conference honors in 1986 and 1987. He became the first Sooner to win the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in the country.

He finished his career with 156 total tackles and 16 interceptions. During his senior year he picked off eight balls, which tied the school record.

In the "Game of the Century II" with Nebraska rated No. 1 in the country and OU in the second position, Dixon had an incredible game as he picked off two passes. The final one came in the fourth quarter, sealing the Orange Bowl berth for the Sooners.

He was the fifth player taken in the 1988 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

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.

Joe Bowden, LB - 1991
A scorpion-like defender, Joe Bowden is considered one of the best linebackers in school history. Joe Bowden came out of the box early in his Sooner career when he was selected Defensive Newcomer of the Year in the Big Eight as a sophomore in 1989.

He had 75 unassisted tackles during his All-American senior season in 1991. He also had two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns and did more than his fair share to turn a loss into a win as Oklahoma faced eventual Big Eight Champion Nebraska that year. Bowden finished with 14 tackles, including eight unassisted, and one for a three-yard loss.

He was taken in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers in the fifth round.

Cedric Jones, DE - 1995
If ever a team had the luxury of counting on one player to chase a quarterback all day, it was Oklahoma when Cedric Jones was in a Sooner uniform.

One coach said that with Jones on the field, "there was no need for special blitz packages because he would take care of rushing the quarterback."

Indeed, Jones posted the numbers to back up the raves. He set a school sacks record with 14 for 85 yards in losses in 1994. He concluded his career with OU career records for sacks (31.5) and tackles for loss (46.5). His sacks went for 199 yards in losses, while his tackles for loss amounted to 256.

He was a first-round draft pick (No. 5 overall) by the New York Giants in the 1996 NFL draft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poll

Who was Oklahoma's greatest All-American from 1987-1995?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Darrell Reed, De - 1987
    (3 votes)
  • 15%
    Danté Jones, LB - 1987
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Mark Hutson, OG - 1986, 1987
    (0 votes)
  • 36%
    Rickey Dixon, DB - 1987
    (19 votes)
  • 9%
    Anthony Phillips, OG - 1986, 1987
    (5 votes)
  • 11%
    Joe Bowden, LB - 1991
    (6 votes)
  • 21%
    Cedric Jones, DE - 1995
    (11 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now