Dec. 7, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton has been named an All-American by The Sporting News. The team was announced Friday.
The NCAA recognizes five All-America teams and The Sporting News squad is one of those. Thus, in addition to Duke Robinson earning similar honors from the American Football Coaches Association earlier this year, Lofton becomes the 144th All-American in OU history.
The school has been playing football for 112 seasons.
Lofton, a junior from Kingfisher, Okla., enjoyed a remarkable year with a team-high 141 tackles, the best total posted during Bob Stoops' nine years at Oklahoma.
He also established a school record with eight double-digit tackle games, including a career-high 18 in OU's first win over Missouri. That mark had been shared by two former Sooner greats and had been on the books for many years. Jackie Shipp had seven in 1981 and Daryl Hunt had seven in 1977.
Lofton scored two touchdowns on the season, a 45-yard interception return against Utah State and a 12-yard fumble return against Missouri. He also forced red zone turnovers against Texas (fumble), Iowa State (tipped pass that was intercepted by D.J. Wolfe) and Oklahoma State (fumble).
In the Big 12 title game last Saturday, Lofton picked off a Chase Daniel pass and returned it 26 yards to the Tiger 7-yard line. The Sooner offense cashed in the takeaway with a touchdown to expand OU's lead to 28-14. The play tipped the momentum and Oklahoma cruised in with a 38-17 triumph.
Earlier, Lofton was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.