All-American: Rod Shoate

Rufus Alexander
Rod Shoate

Rod Shoate, LB - 1972, 1973, 1974 In 1974, Rod Shoate became only the second Sooner three-time All-American. He also earned the honor in 1972 and '73. With the speed of a running back (4.5 in the 40) and extraordinary strength, the linebacker was a dominant force. His 420 career tackles placed him third on the all-time list.

It was clear early on in his career that Shoate was special, as he recorded 22 tackles during his sophomore year against Iowa State. The Associated Press designated him the National Lineman of the Week.

He was taken in the second round by the New England Patriots in 1975.

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