The Don Key Award is presented annually to a senior (or seniors) who exemplify all-around excellence in the classroom and on the field. Key was a three-year starter for the Sooners, an All-Big 8 guard and potential All-American until a battle with cancer ended his football career in 1981. Barry Switzer established the Don Key Award in 1982.
A two-year team captain, Ikard has started 46 of 48 career games at both center and left guard. The two-time All-Big 12 honoree is a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, both of which honor individuals for their performances on and off the field. Fans can vote online at www.SeniorClassAward.com through Dec. 16.
The Oklahoma City native was already named a 2013 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award winner and will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. In addition, he is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy as the top scholar-athlete in the nation. A two-time Academic All-American, Ikard graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in May and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree from OU.
Also a team captain the past two seasons, Millard worked in a variety of positions (fullback, tight end, single back and H-back), in addition to serving as one of the Sooners’ top special teams performers. He played in 48 career games (18 starts) before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Texas Tech on Oct. 26.
A 2012 All-Big 12 First Team honoree, Millard ranks third in OU history for receptions by a running back with 70 career catches. A native of Columbia, Mo., Millard owns 677 career receiving yards with seven touchdowns, as well as 98 carries for 538 yards and six touchdowns. He is majoring in psychology and has a 3.69 GPA.
Earlier this month, both student-athletes were selected Capital One Academic All-District honorees as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In May, both Ikard and Millard studied “Sport and Culture in Ireland” during a two-week study abroad trip to Ireland and then returned home to Oklahoma to assist in disaster relief efforts following a series of devastating tornadoes in the state.
Ikard and Millard are among 17 football student-athletes seniors who will be recognized Saturday on Senior Day. This year’s senior class qualified for four consecutive bowls and two Big 12 championships. Entering Saturday’s games, no Big 12 team can top Oklahoma’s 39 victories over the past four seasons. This group of Oklahoma seniors has registered 12 victories against AP Top 25 opponents, four more wins than the next-closest conference foe. This collection of seniors will also have the opportunity to become the only Big 12 team to register 10 or more victories in every season dating back to 2010.