All-American: Billy Sims

Rufus Alexander

Billy Sims, RB - 1978, 1979
Billy Sims is considered one of the best running backs ever to carry a football. The two-time consensus All-American and 1978 Heisman Trophy winner led the Big Eight in rushing in both 1978 and '79 and led the nation in scoring during both of those years.

He set the all-time NCAA record for average yards per rush for backs carrying the ball a minimum of 500 times with 7 yards per carry. Sims capped off his regular season career with 282 yards against Missouri and 247 yards against Nebraska.

He was the first player taken in the 1980 draft by the Detroit Lions. In 1995 he became the 11th Sooner player to be inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

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