OU Football Tradition | Award Winners

Walter Camp Award | Official Site
The Walter Camp Award is given annually to the collegiate player adjudged by a group of NCAA head coaches and sports information directors under the auspices of the Walter Camp Football Foundation as the Player of the Year; the award is named for Walter Camp, a progenitor of the sport.
 
Josh Heupel
  2000 | Josh Heupel

The runner-up for the 2000 Heisman Trophy (by 76 votes), Josh Heupel became OU's first consensus All-America quarterback and the first Sooner QB to earn All-America honors since Jack Mildren in 1971.
 
A two-time team captain, Heupel is largely credited with turning an offense that statistically ranked as one of the worst in the nation before his arrival into one of the most explosive in the country.
 
Heupel was named Associated Press Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year, The Sporting News Player of the Year, CBS Sports Player of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2000.
 
The first-team all-conference selection guided OU to a school-record 13 wins and its seventh national championship. Heupel holds virtually every OU and numerous Big 12 passing records.
 
 Career Statistics
 Season
Att
Yds
TDs
Att
Cmp
INT
Yds
TDs
 1999
47
-98
5
553
349
16
3,850
33
 2000
70
144
7
472
305
15
3,606
20
 Totals
117
46
12
1,025
654
31
7,456
53
 
  1978 | Billy Sims

Billy SimsBilly Sims, a 6-0, 205-pound junior from Hooks, Texas, swept through defenses like a tornado flying across the Oklahoma landscape.
 
He set a Big Eight single-season rushing record in 1978 with 1,762 yards on 231 carries. Sims led the nation in rushing, averaging more than 7.0 yards per carry. He topped the 200-yard mark in four different games (a school best) during the 1978 season.

Sims led the Sooners to an 11-1 record, Orange Bowl Championship and third-place finish in the final poll. OU opened with a 35-29 win over Stanford and then crushed West Virginia and Rice by a combined score of 118-17. The Sooners rolled over Texas and the first five games of the conference schedule heading into the Nebraska game. Sims ran for 153 yards, but it was not enough as the Sooners fell 17-14.

OU responded by clubbing OSU, 62-7, and then was rematched with the Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl. OU edged Nebraska 31-24 in the second meeting between the top-10 schools.

Sims holds the school record for rushing yards in a season (1,762), most 200-yard games in a season (4) and a career (6). He finished his career with 3,813 yards and stands third on the all-time rushing list.

 Career Statistics
 Season
Att
Yards
Avg
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
 1975
15
95
6.3
2
0
0
0
 1976*
3
44
14.6
0
0
0
0
 1977
71
413
5.8
6
0
0
0
 1978
256
1,896
7.4
22
1
35
1
 1979
248
1,670
6.7
23
1
42
1
 Totals
593
4,118
6.9
53
2
77
0

* injured and granted additional year of eligibility

 
Steve Owens
  1969 | Steve Owens

Steve Owens was a 6-2, 215-pound powerhouse from Miami, Okla., who ravaged defenses from 1967-69, setting four conference records of the day.
 
OU's workhorse carried the ball 358 times (a Sooner record) in 1969 for 1,523 yards while scoring 23 touchdowns (another school record).
 
Playing on a 1969 squad that had been hurt badly by graduation in 1968, Owens carried the load for the Sooner offense. Owens had two 200-yard plus games while leading the Sooners to a 6-4 season. Spurred by Owen's effort, OU averaged 28.5 points a game in 1969.

The great career of Steve Owens left its mark on the OU record book. Owens holds five Sooner records. He is the school's all-time leading scorer with 56 touchdowns during his career. Owens holds the record for the most carries in a game (55) and career (905). He finished his career with 3,867 yards on the ground, the second most in school history.

 Career Statistics
 Season
Att
Yards
Avg
TDs
Rec
Yards
TDs
 1967
207
869
4.2
13
3
13
0
 1968
393
1,649
4.3
21
12
123
0
 1969
358
1,523
4.3
23
4
32
0
 Totals
958
4,041
4.3
57
19
168
0
 
  1956 | Jerry Tubbs

Jerry TubbsJerry Tubbs earned consensus All-America honors in 1956. Many people felt he deserved the honor in 1955, as well.
 
After the Sooners soundly defeated the Terrapins in the 1956 Orange Bowl to win the national title, Miami Daily News writer Ralph Warner wrote: "Jerry Tubbs took the decision over Bob Pellegrini, the Maryland All-America, in the battle of the centers. Pellegrini was outstanding, but Tubbs was even more so with a brilliant all-around performance."
 
Not only a great blocker, Tubbs established himself as one of the top pass defenders in the country with his three interceptions against Texas in 1955. During 1956, Tubbs was the first Sooner to receive the Walter Camp Award, given to the player of the year, and was also named Lineman of the Year by UPI.
 
He was the third player taken in the 1957 draft by the Chicago Bears. He became the 12th Sooner player to be inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame on Dec. 10, 1996.