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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Lincoln Riley announces team captains for 2017

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Three seniors and a junior have been voted team captains by fellow Oklahoma football players.

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Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley has announced that Baker Mayfield, Orlando Brown, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Steven Parker will be OU’s team captains for the 2017 football season. As has been the case for some time, Oklahoma’s team captains are elected by the players.

Mayfield has quarterbacked Oklahoma to a record of 22-4 record over the past two seasons and has finished in the top four of Heisman Trophy voting each year. In 2015, Mayfield led Oklahoma to a conference championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff. In 2016, he set an NCAA record for passing efficiency while leading his team to a Sugar Bowl victory over Auburn. Aside from his accolades and the fact that he’s a quarterback, Mayfield’s vocal nature and leadership abilities make him an obvious choice despite the off-field issue that occurred back in February. The Austin native finished last season with 40 touchdown passes and 3,965 yards while completing over 70 percent of his throws.

Brown is the only non-senior to be voted a captain, but he’s as deserving as anyone. The mammoth left tackle was named the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2016 while only allowing one sack. After being named a preseason All-American by multiple services, the Georgia native will look to have an other stellar season and hopefully earn himself a big paycheck from an NFL team in 2018.

Okoronkwo had a bit of a tough start to the 2016 campaign, but he definitely hit his stride once conference play began. The Houstonian finished his junior campaign with nine sacks, 12 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He’ll have a slightly different role in OU’s new 4-3 scheme, but don’t expect him to stop causing destruction in the backfield.

Parker is the lone Oklahoman to be named a captain in 2017. The talented safety out of Jenks High School will be the leader of what will hopefully be a much-improved secondary. He ended last season with 63 tackles, two interceptions, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.