“To receive this award from the Selmon family is truly humbling,” Ikard said. “Particularly for a native Oklahoman like myself, to be the first individual from the University of Oklahoma to be recognized for representing everything that the Selmon family stands for is one of the most meaningful honors of my career.”
Ikard is also the first OU football student-athlete in program history to be named Academic All-America of the Year and the first to be named a three-time Academic All-American. He was previously honored with the 2013 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award.
However, Ikard said all the recognition and awards he has received, he shares with his teammates. Even as others around them lost faith in what the Sooners could accomplish, he says they never lost faith in each other.
“When it came down to it, we played as a team,” Ikard said. “That’s what’s most important in the game of football. Eleven guys on the field at the same time working together. We did a great job of that. Finish strong. Had some rough patches in there. But I think it was great for the program the way we finished. Only going to get better going forward.”