The face of the Sooners is up front in C Ikard

Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard isn't a typical offensive lineman, working on his craft in anonymity.

Gregarious and funny, Ikard has overcome his often-obscure playing position to become the face of the Sooners - a spot usually reserved for a quarterback, running back or other star player.

The senior from Oklahoma City was front-and-center this week for No. 22 Oklahoma (7-2, 4-2 Big 12 Conference) as they prepare for their home finale on Saturday against Iowa State (1-8, 0-6).

Ikard says he takes pride in the way he's represented himself, his family and the university.

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