Roy Williams, SS - 2001
By the time his career was over, Roy Williams was more feared by offensive opponents and more respected by his defensive peers than any player in the country.
In his final season at OU, he won the Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defender and the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. He was No. 7 in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest finish of the year by a non-quarterback.
Williams bypassed his senior season of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, but still left his mark on the OU record book. He was drafted in the first round (No. 8 pick overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.