All-American: Roy "Soupy" Smoot
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Roy "Soupy" Smoot, T - 1920
In 1920, Roy "Soupy" Smoot became the first lineman from OU to earn All-America honors. He had incredible speed for a player of his size; many people thought he was the fastest man on the team. He was about 30 pounds heavier than any of the other tackles.
The all-conference selection was also an outstanding blocker and tackler. An example of his amazing ability came against Nebraska in 1919, when he blocked a punt before it even left the kicker’s foot. He repeated the feat against Missouri later that year.
His notable play during the 1920 season helped the Sooners win the Missouri Valley Conference title.