All-American: Ken Mendenhall

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Ken Mendenhall, C - 1969
Described as a devastating one-on-one blocker, Ken Mendenhall earned All-America honors in 1969 for his play at center. The Enid native was appreciated by his teammates. "He's always got the path cleared for you," said tailback Steve Owens. "He's fantastic coming off the ball on a man right in front of him. I'm glad we have him up there."

He cleared the way for Owens, who is OU's all-time leading scorer. An extremely versatile player, Mendenhall made the switch from guard to center during his sophomore year and excelled after the switch.

He was a fifth-round draft pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 1970.

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