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OU Football at 125: Ranking the top 125 Sooners of all time

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Mayfield at Big 12

OU's Baker Mayfield celebrates the Sooners' win over TCU, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, marking the Sooners' third straight Big 12 championship. (Kyle Phillips / The Transcript)

NORMAN, Okla. — Where to begin?

Creating an infallible list of the best players in the history of Oklahoma football, which is perhaps the nation’s most historic college football program, borders on the impossible. Nonetheless, given the season, the very best attempt was required.

Welcome to Transcript senior sports columnist Clay Horning’s list of the top 125 Sooners of all time.

1. BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, 2015-18

Among the things Baker Mayfield managed as Sooner quarterback was to post the two most pass efficient seasons in NCAA history at the time; place fourth, third and first in the Heisman Trophy voting; and direct the offense of a program that won three straight conference championships, reached the College Football Playoff twice and maybe should have reached it three times.

More than that, it was Mayfield’s follow-me leadership and charisma that made it clear he wasn’t just playing quarterback better than any Sooner and perhaps any collegian ever had, but that his team had adopted his presence and persona, as well, transforming the program’s culture.

The way Barry Switzer unforgettably grabbed the Sooner Nation’s imagination as coach, Mayfield grabbed it as a player.

Not bad for a guy who showed up without a scholarship and before the coaches even knew he’d arrived. We may not see the likes of him again.

2. LEE ROY SELMON, DT, 1972-75

3. ROY WILLIAMS, DB, 1998-2001

4. BILLY VESSELS, B, 1950-52

5. GREG PRUITT, RB, 1970-72

In his final two seasons at Oklahoma, Greg Pruitt carried the ball 348 times for an average 7.8 yards per carry, including a flat 9 per tote during his 1971 junior season. That’s more than half a yard more per attempt than Billy Sims (No. 9) managed his last two seasons and more than a whole yard more than Joe Washington (No. 10). He finished third and second in the Heisman voting those last two seasons, too. Perhaps Pruitt’s a surprise in this spot. He shouldn’t be.

6. BRIAN BOSWORTH, LB, 1984-86

7. JERRY TUBBS, C-LB, 1954-56

8. RYAN BROYLES, WR, 2008-11

9. BILLY SIMS, RB, 1975-79

10. JOE WASHINGTON, RB, 1972-75

11. JASON WHITE, QB, 1999-2004

12. BUDDY BURRIS, G, 1946-48

13. TOMMY MCDONALD, RB, 1954-56

14. KEITH JACKSON, TE, 1984-87

15. ROD SHOATE, LB, 1972-74

16. SAM BRADFORD, QB, 2007-09

17. JIM WEATHERALL, T, 1949-51

18. SAMAJE PERINE, RB, 2014-2016

19. GEORGE CUMBY, LB, 1975-79

20. TOMMIE HARRIS, DT, 2001-03

21. TONY CASILLAS, NG, 1982-85

22. JIMMY HARRIS, QB, 1954-56

Clayton

Sooner receiver Mark Clayton hauls in a catch in front of Texas A&M's Melvin Bullitt on Nov. 6, 2004 (Kevin Ellis / The Transcript)

23. MARK CLAYTON, WR, 2001-04

24. DARYL HUNT, LB, 1975-78

25. DERRICK STRAIT, DB, 2000-03

26. KURT BURRIS, C-LB, 1952-54

27. GREG ROBERTS, OG, 1975-79

28. RICKEY DIXON, DB, 2000-03

29. STEVE OWENS, RB, 1967-69

30. JAMMAL BROWN, OT, 2000-04

31. TOM CATLIN, C-LB, 1950-52

32. STEVE ZABEL, TE-DE, 1967-69

33. QUENTIN GRIFFIN, RB, 1999-02

34. GERALD MCCOY, DT, 2006-09

35. DARRELL ROYAL, QB-DB, 1946-49

36. DEDE WESTBROOK, WR, 2015-16

37. TERRY CROUCH, OG, 1979-81

38. STEVE DAVIS, QB, 1972-75

39. JIM OWENS, E, 1946-49

40. KYLER MURRAY, QB, 2016-18

41. DUKE ROBINSON, OG, 2005-08

42. CURTIS LOFTON, LB, 2005-07

When you think of great Stoops era linebackers, you’re going to think of Rocky Calmus (No. 52) and Teddy Lehman (No. 47) first, yet neither ever had a year as strong as Curtis Lofton’s 2007 junior season — 157 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, 3 interceptions — his last before a standout NFL career in which he did not miss a game over eight seasons.

43. STERLING SHEPARD, WR, 2012-2015

44. MIKE VAUGHAN, OT, 1974-76

45. DEWEY SELMON, NG, 1972-75

46. BOB HARRISON, C, 1956-58

47. TEDDY LEHMAN, LB, 2000-03

48. JACK MILDREN, QB, 1969-71

49. RALPH NEELY, OT-DT, 1962-64

50. DEMOND PARKER, RB, 1996-98

51. REGGIE KINLAW, NG, 1975-78

52. ROCKEY CALMUS, LB, 1998-01

53. ANTONIO PERKINS DB-PR, 2001-05

54. GRANVILLE LIGGINS, NG, 1965-67

55. J.D. ROBERTS, G, 1951-53

56. CARL MCADAMS, C-LB, 1963-65

57. JAMELLE HOLIEWAY, QB, 1985-88

58. JERMAINE GRESHAM, TE, 2006-08

59. BO BOLLINGER, G, 1953-55

60. JACK MITCHELL, QB, 1946-48

61. DERLAND MOORE, DT, 1970-72

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Oklahoma quarterback Jason White talks with running back Adrian Peterson after Peterson scored his first touchdown against Colorado at the 2004 Big 12 championship game. (Kevin Ellis / The Transcript)

62. ADRIAN PETERSON, RB, 2004-06

63. RANDY HUGHES, DB, 1972-74

64. JACK JACOBS, QB-P, 1939-41

65. JIM GRISHAM, FB, 1962-64

66. ANTHONY PHILLIPS, OG, 1985-88

67. ZAC HENDERSON, DB, 1974-77

68. KEVIN MURPHY, DE, 1981-85

69. MARQUISE BROWN, WR, 2017-18

70. EDDIE HINTON, WR, 1965-68

71. THOMAS LOTT, QB, 1975-76

72. LUCIOUS SELMON, NG, 1971-73

73. TOM BRAHANEY, C, 1970-72

74. MARK HUTSON, OG, 1984-87

75. J.T. THATCHER, DB-PR-KR, 1997-00

One of two Norman High products on the list along with No. 8 Ryan Broyles, people forget just how good Thatcher was during the Sooners’ 2000 national championship season. He won the Mosi Tatupu award as the college game’s best special teams player for his kick and punt returns, while also earning consensus All-American honors as a safety. His eight interceptions tied Scott Case and Darrol Ray (No. 96) as second-most in program history to Ricky Dixon’s (No. 28) nine in 1987.

76. LOUIS OUBRE, OT, 1978-80

77. DANTE JONES, LB, 1984-87

78. DARRELL REED, DE, 1984-87

79. ORLANDO BROWN, OT, 2015-17

80. LEON HEATH, FB-B, 1948-1950

81. MAX BOYDSTON, E, 1951-54

82. JIMBO ELROD, DE, 1973-75

83. PRENTICE GAUTT, RB, 1957-59

84. JOHN ROUSH, OG, 1972-74

85. ZAC HENDERSON, DB, 1972-74

86. JOSH HEUPEL, QB, 1999-00

87. AUSTIN SEIBERT, K-P, 2015-2018

Austin Seibert is the best kicker in Sooner history. Period. A four-year starter at all three kicking positions, he made 98.4 percent of his extra points and 79.7 percent of his field goals, including 85 percent his last two seasons. Those who came before him were not as accurate and some had wider uprights, too. Just about all his kickoffs were touchbacks and if Jeff Ferguson isn’t the Sooners’ all-time punter, Seibert’s that, too. Nobody scored more points (499) either. His body of work will only look better and better over time.

88. CLENDON THOMAS, RB, 1955-57

89. RICK BRYAN, DT, 1980-83

90. TREY MILLARD, FB-TE, 2010-13

91. CEEDEE LAMB, WR, 2017-19

The lone current player on the list, Lamb has been a highlight reel through two seasons of terrific production: 111 catches, 1,965 yards, 18 touchdowns. That’s 24 fewer catches, 158 more yards and three fewer TDs than Ryan Broyles (No. 8) through his first two seasons. Though Lamb may have but one season of the college game left to play, he’s on a comparable pace with the best receiver in Sooner history.

92. CEDRIC JONES, LB, 1992-95

93. CLAUDE REEDS, FB, 1910-13

94. TRENT WILLIAMS, OT, 2006-09

95. JOAQUÍN IGLESIAS, WR, 2005-08

96. DARROL RAY, DB-P, 1976-79

97. TRENT SMITH, TE, 1999-02

98. MARK ANDREWS, TE, 2015-17

99. J.C. WATTS, QB, 1977-80

100. KELLY GREGG, DT, 1995-98

101. KEN MENDENHALL, C, 1967-69

102. BOB KALSU, OT, 1965-67

103. TINKER OWENS, WR, 1972-75

104. DUSTY DVORACEK, DT, 2001-05

105. TONY JEFFERSON, DB, 2010-12

106. KENNY KING, FB, 1975-78

Kenny King doesn’t tend to show up on all-time Sooner lists, yet he averaged 6.3 yards per carry as a fullback, gained more than 2,300 yards and was frequently Billy Sims’ lead blocker during Sims’ 1978 Heisman Trophy campaign. Drafted in the sixth round, he was a pretty good pro, too, running for almost 2,500 yards and catching for more than 700 over seven seasons, the final six with the Raiders.

107. DAN CODY, DE, 2000-04

108. WADE WALKER, T, 1946-49

109. BILL KRISHER, G, 1955-57

110. JACKIE SHIPP, LB, 1980-83

111. CLAUDE ARNOLD, QB, 1948-50

112. KENNY STILLS, WR, 2010-12

113. EDDIE CROWDER, QB, 1950-52

114. MIKE GADDIS, RB, 1988-91

115. BILLY BROOKS, WR, 1973-75

116. BOBBY BOYD, DB, 1957-59

117. BUCK MCPHAIL, FB-P, 1950-52

118. TRAVIS LEWIS, LB, 2008-11

119. TERRY WEBB, OG, 1973-75

120. BOB WARMACK, QB, 1966-68

121. MARCUS DUPREE, RB, 1982-83

122. RAYMOND HAMILTON, DT, 1970-72

123. BUSTER RHYMES, RB-WR, 1980-84

124. ANDRE WOOLFOLK, WR-DB, 1998-01

125. GABE IKARD, C, 2009-2013


Horning is senior sports columnist for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication.

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