All-American: Joe Don Looney

Rufus Alexander

Joe Don Looney, HB/P - 1962
During Joe Don Looney's first game, he walked up to then-head coach Bud Wilkinson and said, "Put me in the game, I'm going to score a touchdown." With the Sooners losing 3-0 to Syracuse late in the fourth quarter, Wilkinson decided to let him prove it, and that's exactly what he did. On Looney's first carry he took the ball 60 yards and won the game for OU.

The only junior college player that Wilkinson ever accepted, Looney played only one full season for the Sooners during which he led OU in rushing (852 yards on 137 carries), scoring (10 touchdowns and 62 points) and kickoff returns (31.5 average). His 43.4 yard punting average led the nation.

Considered to be one of the greatest athletes ever to play at OU, Looney had only played football for two years before coming to OU. He was the ninth player taken in the 1964 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

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