After it was announced that he was a first-team selection of the AFCA Coaches All-America Team, Dede Westbrook is now officially a unanimous All-American. Westbrook is Oklahoma’s 32nd unanimous All-American, which leads all FBS schools according to OU’s athletic communications office. He’s also the first Sooner to accomplish the feat since Jamaal Brown in 2004.
To be considered a unanimous selection, one must be a first-team selection to the five official All-America teams, which are the AFCA, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Westbrook also won the Biletnikoff Award for best receiver, becoming the first recipient of the award in OU history. He finished the 2016 season with 1465 yards receiving to go along with 16 touchdown receptions, the latter of which is a school record. Westbrook also owns the school record for receiving yards in a game, accumulating 232 yards receiving in a win over the Texas Longhorns this October.
This all begs one question — where does Dede Westbrook rank amongst the pantheon of OU receivers? He arguably had a better season than anyone has at his position in Norman and is also OU’s only receiver to become a Heisman finalist. Having said that, he only had one great year. I’d personally rank him third behind Broyles and Shepard because of what I just mentioned, but what do you think?