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Lofton Grabs POY Honors

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 28, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton picked up two Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors Wednesday. Both the Associated Press and the Kansas City Star have tabbed the junior as the league's best defender.

Lofton, who leads Oklahoma with 133 tackles, has had a remarkable season. He has the best tackle total in Bob Stoops' nine seasons in Norman and set a school record for most double-digit tackle games in one season with eight.

"He has had as productive a season as any linebacker we've had here," Stoops said.

That's lofty praise from the Sooner coach given the fact that he also coached Butkus Award winners Rocky Calmus and Teddy Lehman.

Lofton has twice been named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week and he has a pair of touchdowns on the season, a 45-yard interception return against Utah State and a 12-yard fumble return against Missouri.

He also forced crucial turnovers in OU's two rivalry games. Against both Texas and Oklahoma State he was credited with forced fumbles that the Sooners recovered, both inside their own five yard-line.

His tackle best of 18 came against Missouri.

Lofton and his teammates go after Oklahoma's fifth Big 12 title this Saturday when they meet Missouri at San Antonio. The game kicks off at 7 p.m., and will be televised by AB
 
2007 Oklahoma Football Honorees

  Lewis Baker - LB

• All-Big 12 (HM), Coaches
 
  Sam Bradford - QB

• All-Big 12 (HM), coaches
• Freshman All-American, Rivals
 
  Brody Eldridge - TE

• All-Big 12 (first team), Coaches
 
  Auston English - DE

• All-Big 12 (first team), Coaches
• All-Big 12 (first team), KC Star
• All-Big 12 (first team), Rivals
 
  Joe Jon Finley - TE

• All-Big 12 (HM), Coaches

  DeMarcus Granger - DT

• All-Big 12 (second team), Coaches
• All-Big 12 (second team), Rivals
 
  Jermaine Gresham - TE

• All-Big 12 (second team), Rivals
• All-Big 12 (HM), Coaches
 
  Nic Harris - FS

• All-Big 12 (first team), Coaches 
 
  Garrett Hartley - K

• All-Big 12 (second team), Coaches
 
  Juaquin Iglesias - WR

• All-Big 12 (HM), Coaches
 
  Malcolm Kelly - WR

• All-Big 12 (second team), Coaches
 
  Phil Loadholt - OT

• All-Big 12 (second team), Coaches
• All-Big 12 (second team), Rivals
 

 
  Curtis Lofton - LB

• Big 12 Defensive POY, AP
• Big 12 Defensive POY, KC Star
• All-Big 12 (first team), Coaches
• All-Big 12 (first team), AP
• All-Big 12 (first team), KC Star
• All-Big 12 (first team), Rivals
 
  Gerald McCoy - DT

• Freshman All-American, Rivals
• Big 12 Defensive FOY, Coaches
• All-Big 12 (HM), Coaches
 
  DeMarco Murray - RB

• All-Big 12 (first team RS), Rivals
• Freshman All-American, Rivals
• All-Big 12 (HM), Coaches
 
  Duke Robinson - OG

• All-America First Team, AFCA
• All-Big 12 (first team), KC Star
• All-Big 12 (first team), Rivals
 
  Reggie Smith - CB

• All-Big 12 (first team), Coaches
• All-Big 12 (second team), KC Star
• All-Big 12 (second team), Rivals
 
  Brandon Walker - OG

• All-Big 12 (second team), Coaches
 
  D.J. Wolfe - SS

• All-Big 12 (first team), KC Star
• All-Big 12 (second team), Coaches
• All-Big 12 (second team), Rivals

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