All-American: Derrick Strait

Rufus Alexander

Derrick Strait, DB - 2003
Derrick Strait dupliacted former OU great Roy Williams by winning the Nagurski (best defensive player) and Thorpe (best defensive back) Awards in 2003. Strait earned consensus All-American and All-Big 12 honors as a senior. He was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Strait set school records for starts (53), career interception return yards (397) and passes broken up (53). The Austin native ignited Oklahoma's 65-13 win over Texas with a season-high 11 tackles, an interception, a 30-yard return, two fumble recoveries and three pass deflections against the Longhorns.

Strait was a Thorpe Award semifinalist and consensus first team All-Big 12 selection in 2002.He started every game at corner and tied for the OU lead with six interceptions. He contributed immediately as a redshirt freshman and was named Big 12 Conference Defensive Newcomer of the Year in Oklahoma's 2000 National Championship season.

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