Senior center Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma), a three-time member of the Capital One Academic All-America® team, headlines the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A four-year starter on the offensive line for the Sooners, Ikard has been selected as the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year for Division I football.
Ikard, who graduated with his first undergraduate degree in multidisciplinary studies with a biological sciences theme, is currently working on a second undergraduate degree in human relations and has a perfect 4.00 G.P.A.
Named as a midseason All-American by USA Today, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com, Ikard has started all 11 games at center this season. He is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and the Campbell Trophy. He is also a repeat finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy. One of 16 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, he has not allowed a sack this season. Ikard is the leader of an offensive line that is blocking for a running attack that is ranked second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally while helping the Sooners post a 9-2 record..
A two-year captain, Ikard is a four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, a three-time All-Big 12 selection and a two-time All-American. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native has played in 50 career games for the Sooners, starting 48 times. He was part of a group of Oklahoma students who participated in a study abroad program in Ireland in 2013. He was also part of a group of OU students who traveled to Haiti on a humanitarian trip in 2012.
Ikard is one of two student-athletes who are repeat selections on the 2013 Capital One Division I Academic All-America® football first team.
Nate Boyer (Texas) joins Ikard on the offensive line of the Capital One Division I Academic All-America® Division I football first team.
Boyer, who earned his undergraduate degree in sport management with a 3.86 G.P.A, is in his first semester of the graduate program in advertising. He served in the Green Berets Special Forces unit before walking on at Texas in 2010 and was placed on scholarship in 2012. He serves as the long snapper for field goals, PAT and punts and has not had a bad snap in his career. The Dublin, Calif., native was the 2012-13 Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year and won the 2012 Disney Spirit Award, given annually to college football’s most inspirational figure. He has helped No. 23 Texas post an 8-3 record.
Caleb Lavey (Oklahoma State) was named to the second team. The Celina, Texas, graduate student has a 3.37 with his undergraduate degree in Finance. He is currently working on his MBA while assisting the No. 6 Cowboys to an 8-3 record.
The 24 members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Football first team have an average 3.78 G.P.A.