All-American: Darrell Royal

Rufus Alexander
Darrell Royal

Darrell Royal, QB/DB - 1949
Darrell Royal was named an All-American during the 1949 season. One of the greatest all-around players ever to compete for the Sooners, he led Oklahoma in passing during his senior year with 509 yards while rushing for 189 yards. During that season he completed 34-of-63 attempts with only one interception.

His punting ability was second to none, which he displayed when he booted one 81 yards against Oklahoma A&M in 1948. His ability on defense almost surpassed what he accomplished on offense. He is the all-time interception leader at OU with 17. The all-conference selection also was an outstanding punt returner.

During the 1948 season, he had returns of 73 and 95 yards for touchdowns. The latter is tied for the eighth-longest play in school history.

He was drafted during the 20th round by the New York Bulldogs in 1950. He went on to become a legendary coaching figure at the University of Texas.

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