All-American: Roland "Waddy" Young

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Roland "Waddy" Young, E - 1938
Roland Walter Young became Oklahoma's first consensus All-American in 1938. Considered a good receiver, Young was remembered more for his exploits on defense. He was one of the top coverage men in the country.

During his final year with the Sooners, his athletic ability and leadership were keys to the defense giving up only 12 points the entire year. The all-conference selection was also a top wrestler for the Sooners and Young held the heavyweight boxing championship of the university.

He was drafted by Brooklyn during the third round in 1939. In 1986, he was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.

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