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OU could have four national players of the year this school year

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OU's Yul Moldauer competes on the high bar this season in Norman. (Photo by Bryan Terry)
OU's Yul Moldauer competes on the high bar this season in Norman. (Photo by Bryan Terry)


Brad Lund has worn many hats around Oklahoma City over the years. He ran the hockey Blazers. He was the PR man for the old Cavalry of the Continental Basketball Association. He brought the North American Soccer League to town (short-lived) and the Davis Cup and tried to bring the Grand Prix.

But before Lund was an OKC sports haberdasher, he was an OU student publicist extraordinaire. He’s always been big on Sooner sports history and always has looked for interesting developments.

And Lund has found another. He sent me a list that supports his proclamation that the 2018-19 school year is the greatest individual-athlete season in OU history.

Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy. Yul Modauer was named the NCAA male gymnast of the year. Maggie Nichols was named the NCAA’s women’s gymnast of the year. And softball players Sydney Romero and Giselle Juarez are top contenders for the national player of the year award.

Never before has OU had three national players of the year in a school year. This year, the Sooners already have three and could have four.

Here is the list:

2018-19: Kyler Murray, football; Yul Moldauer, men’s gymnastics; Maggie Nichols, women’s gymnastics.

2017-18: Baker Mayfield, football.

2015-16: Buddy Hield, men’s basketball.

2012-13: Keilani Rickets, softball.

2011-12: Keilani Rickets, softball.

2010-11: Steven Legendre, men’s gymnastics.

2008-09: Sam Bradford, football; Blake Griffin, men’s basketball.

2007-08: Jonathan Horton, men’s gymnastics.

2003-04: Jason White, football.

2002-03: Daniel Furney, men’s gymnastics.

1998-99: Todd Bishop, men’s gymnastics.

1997-98: Dan Fink, men’s gymnastics.

1990-91: Jarrod Hanks, men’s gymnastics.

1987-88: Kelly Garrison, women’s gymnastics.

1986-87: Kelly Garrison, women’s gymnastics.

1981-82: Mark Schultz, wrestling.

1980-81: Bart Conner, men’s gymnastics.

1978-79: Billy Sims, football.

1969-70: Steve Owens, football.

1962-63: Mickey Martin, wrestling.

1957-58: Dick Delgado, wrestling.

1956-57: Danny Hodge, wrestling.

1055-56: Danny Hodge, wrestling.

1953-54: Tommy Evans, wrestling.

1952-53: Billy Vessels, football.

1935-36: Wayne Martin, wrestling.

Interesting, but no baseball, track or golf awards. But still, it’s an impressive list. Lund included Josh Heupel on his list, since Heupel won some of the major awards but not the Heisman. I didn’t include Heupel because several other football players fall on that same category.

Doesn’t matter. The list is impressive. And so is this school year.

2008-09 was monumental because the Sooners had the marquee players, Sam Bradford and Blake Griffin, in each of the two most high-profile sports. But 2018-19 could trump even that, with the best athlete nationally in four sports.

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Oklahoma's Yul Moldauer competes on the high bar during the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championship gymnastic meet inside McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 6, 2019. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's Yul Moldauer competes on the high bar during the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championship gymnastic meet inside McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 6, 2019. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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