Top 100 Oklahoma Cowboys


Thurman Thomas takes off on a long gainer that set up a second-quarter touchdown against Tulsa. Staff photo by Jim Beckel 9/5/1987.

1. Thurman Thomas, RB, 1984-87
Gained 1,000 more yards than Barry Sanders and keyed four OSU teams that won a combined 34 games.

2. Barry Sanders, RB, 1986-88
’88 greatest season in college football history, but in ’87, Pat Jones gave Sanders 117 carries, Thomas 284.

3. Leslie O’Neal, DL, 1982-85
Great pro pass rusher, but just as good at OSU. His defenses last two years allowed 1.3 touchdowns per game.

4. Bob Fenimore, B, 1943-46
Held OSU rushing record, 2,299 yards, for 31 years and still holds interception record (18).

5. Jon Kolb, OL, 1966-68
OSU stud went on to anchor four Steeler Super Bowl lines.

6. Terry Miller, RB, 1974-77
Fourth and second in Heisman voting.

7. Mark Moore, DB, 1983-86
Head-hunting two-time all-American.

8. Hart Lee Dykes, WR, 1985-88
Leading receiver in Big Eight history.

9. R.W. McQuarters, DB, 1995-97
Triple threat; cornerback, receiver, kick returner.

10. Neill Armstrong, E, 1943-46
Twice led nation in receptions; future head coach of Chicago Bears.

11. Rashaun Woods, WR, 2000-03
Numbers dwarf Dykes’ - 293 catches, 4,414 yards, 42 TDs.

12. Phillip Dokes, DL, 1973-76
Defensive leader of Big Eight title team.

13. Jerry Sherk, DL, 1968-69
Great pro for the Cleveland Browns.

14. John Ward, OL, 1967-69
Six-year pro; OSU’s late ’60s talent was better than record indicated.

15. Kevin Williams, DL, 1999-02
Minnesota Vikings star; now you know why Les Miles spurred renaissance.

16. Derrel Gofourth, OL, 1974-76
Most versatile lineman in OSU history.

17. Jamal Williams, DL, 1995-97
Domination in middle keyed ’97 breakout season.

18. Alonzo Mayes, TE, 1994-97
92 career catches; Mr. Clutch in breakout 1997 season.

19. Cleveland Vann, LB, 1971-73
1973 All-American.

20. James Duck White, DL, 1972-75
Eight-year Minnesota Viking, OSU’s first four-year letterman of modern era.

21. Mike Gundy, QB, 1986-89
Only quarterback among the top 31 on this list.

22. Ricky Young, LB, 1979-81
1980 Big Eight defensive player of the year.

23. John Corker, LB, 1976-79
School record 486 career tackles.

24. Jason Gildon, DE, 1990-93
Career sack leader, 35.5.

25. Rod Brown, DB, 1981-84
Six interceptions in ’84 all-American season.

26. Reuben Gant, TE, 1971-73
Seven years with Buffalo Bills.

27. Jim Spavital, FB, 1944-48
Blossomed into freshman star on Cotton Bowl team of 1944.

28. Alvin Brown, DB, 1972-73
School record-tying eight interceptions in ’72, all-American in ’73.

29. Jim Wood, DE, 1956-59
All-American on defense, but also a good pass catcher and punter.

30. John Little, DL, 1967-70
Another great d-lineman from Arkansas, joining O’Neal, Dokes, White and Kevin Williams.

31. Dale Meinert, OL, 1951-54
Voted most outstanding lineman in ’54 Blue-Gray Game.

32. Josh Fields, QB, 2001-03
More TD passes than Gundy (55-49) and fewer interceptions (36-25). Two more Bedlam wins, too.

33. Gary Lewis, DL, 1980-82
1982 All-American.

34. Guy Lookabaugh, B, 1917, 20, 24
OSU’s first sports hero. An Olympic wrestler, World War I veteran and football standout.

35. Ernest Anderson, RB, 1980-83
1982 NCAA rushing champ (1,877 yards).

36. Jake Colhouer, OL, 1943-45
Lead blocker for Fenimore.

37. Tatum Bell, RB, 2000-03
No. 6 career rusher, 3,409 yards.

38. Hermann Eben, WR, 1968-70
12-catch Bedlam game in ’69.

39. Terry Brown, DB, 1966-69
Played in two Super Bowls with Vikings.

40. Walt Garrison, FB, 1963-65
Tom Landry’s fullback for eight seasons.

41. Keith Burns, LB, 1992-93
Two-time all-Big Eight.

42. Daria Butler, DE, 1974-77
Two-time all-Big Eight.

43. Tony Banfield, DB, 1957-60
10 interceptions in two-year span.

44. Gerald Hudson, RB, 1988-90
1990 NCAA rushing champ (1,642 yards).

45. Harry Cheatwood, DB, 1965-67
1967 All-American.

46. Dexter Manley, DL, 1977-80
Pat Jones compared him to Pitt superstar Hugh Green.

47. Don Hitt, OL, 1957-59
Invited to 1959 Blue-Gray Game.

48. Dick Soergel, QB, 1957-59
19 TDs, 16 interceptions. Third-best ratio in OSU history.

49. D’Juan Woods, WR, 2003-06
No. 3 in OSU in catches (163) and yards (2,751).

50. David Thompson, RB, 1993-96
4,314 career rushing yards.

51. Gary Darnell, LB, 1967-69
308 career tackles; still a defensive coach of national repute.

52. Rodney Harding, DL, 1981-84
Moved inside from end and remained a playmaker on great defense.

53. Vernon Wahl, T, 1922-24
Honorable mention Walter Camp all-American in ’24.

54. Darrent Williams, DB, 2001-04
Eight touchdowns on returns; five interception and three punts.

55. Harold Beaty, T, 1958-61
OSU’s first all-Big Eight selection, 1960.

56. Kevin Williams, DB, 1993-97
All-Big 12 cornerback in ’97.

57. Paul Blair, OL, 1983-85
Five-year NFL blocker.

58. Earl Lunsford, FB, 1953-55
20 career touchdowns.

59. Alex Loyd, E, 1945-48
72 catches, big number for 1940s.

60. Charles Shaw, OL, 1946-49
One of 10 players from the 1940s, a golden age for OSU football.

61. Barry Price, DL, 1971-73
’73 all-Big Eight nose guard.

62. Mike Green, LB, 1979-82
No. 2 tackler in school history, 485.

63. Cecil Hankins, E, 1944-45
Bookend to Neill Armstrong, and a hoops star, too.

64. Tony Lindsay, QB, 1997-00
Quarterbacked renaissance season of 1997.

65. Mike Hudson, DB, 1983-86
Blitz specialist on great defenses.

66. Dennis Randall, DT, 1964-66
All-Big Eight ’66.

67. Ralph Foster, T, 1937-39, 44
Captain of ’44 Cotton Bowl team, after military service.

68. Corey Hilliard, OL, 2003-06
Blocked for great tailbacks Bell, Vernand Morency and Dantrell Savage.

69. Larry Roach, K, 1981-84
School record 68 field goals.

70. Chris Rockins, DB, 1980-83
Leading tackler among OSU defensive backs (341).

71. Kenyatta Wright, LB, 1996-99
267 career tackles.

72. Roderick Fisher, DB, 1980-83
Started as freshman; 11 career interceptions.

73. Jim Parmer, RB, 1945-47
Future Philadelphia Eagle star.

74. F.A. Dry, C, 1950-53
Future coach at Tulsa and TCU.

75. William Bredde, B, 1951-53
16 career interceptions; star of ’53 East-West Shrine Game.

76. Frank Parker, OL, 1958-60
Seven-year pro.

77. Ralph Partida, OL, 1982-84
All-Big Eight ’84.

78. Adarius Bowman, WR, 2006
Will move up much higher with stellar senior year.

79. George Palmer, FB, 1972-74
2,110 career yards in three seasons.

80. Matt Monger, LB, 1982-84
331 career tackles, five-year pro.

81. Charley Harper, OL, 1963-65
All-Big Eight ’65.

82. John Washington, DL, 1983-85
20 career sacks.

83. Jimmy Reynolds, B, 1940, 1945
Allie’s little brother.

84. Cliff Parsley, P, 1973-76
Four-year average, 42.9 yards.

85. Chris Stanley, OL, 1985-88
All-Big Eight War Pig.

86. Worley Taylor, RB, 1977-80
No. 10 rusher in school history, 2,217 yards.

87. Sim Drain, LB, 1986-89
No. 4 tackler in school history, 381.

88. Conrad Fisher, E, 1929-31
First Cowboy in East-West Shrine Game.

89. Pete DiClementi, DB, 1978-81
All-Big Eight ’81.

90. Vernand Morency, RB, 2002-04
One of nine tailbacks on the top 100 in the last 33 years.

91. Curtis Mayfield, WR, 1987-90
93 career catches.

92. Greg Richmond, DE, 2000-03
Relentless pass rusher, No. 3 in OSU sacks, 211/2.

93. Gregg Johnson, DB, 1977-80
13 career interceptions.

94. Juqua Thomas, DE, 1999-00
161/2 career sacks.

95. Ab Wright, B, 1927
Early-day passing star.

96. Benny Goodwin, DB, 1967-69
12 career interceptions; all-Big Eight 1969.

97. Duane Wood, B, 1956-59
Star of 1958 Blue Grass Bowl win over Florida State.

98. Byron Woodard, OL, 1985-88
One of seven players on the list off OSU’s epic 1988 offense.

99. Leland Kendall, T, 1951-54
All-Missouri Valley 1954.

100. Marcellus Rivers, TE, 1998-00
67 catches in three years.

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