All-American: Rufus Alexander
Rufus Alexander, LB - 2006
Senior linebacker Rufus Alexander was named first-team All-America by the American Football Coaches' Association at the conclusion of the 2006 season.
Alexander become the 142nd All-American in OU's 112 seasons of intercollegiate football competition. He was the 58th Oklahoma player honored by the AFCA. No other school has had as many AFCA All-Americans.
Alexander helped Oklahoma earn its 40th conference title with a Big 12 championship and an 11-3 overall record.
The Baton Rouge, La., native led the Sooner defense in 2006 with 118 tackles (75 solo) including 12 for loss (-43 yards). Alexander was also credited with 3.5 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles (two recoveries) and an interception.
Alexander had 36 starts in his career including every game of the 2006 and 2005 seasons. He played in 39 total games for the Sooners from 2003-06 after redshirting in 2002.
The 2006 Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Alexander became the first OU player to lead the team in tackles in back to back seasons since Rocky Calmus did so in three consecutive seasons from 1999-2001.