Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah earned first team All-America recognition

Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was recognized Tuesday as a first team All-American by The Sporting News.

It has been a mystery to all of us that saw him play this season – to his coaches, to his teammates, and maybe, most of all, to his opponents – but Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah finally was named a first-team All American Tuesday morning when he was named to The Sporting News 2015 College Football All-American Team.

"It's important to my family because they have worked so hard and done so much for me to be in this position," Ogbah said last week of the honors that have been coming in. He was named a second-team All American last week on the Walter Camp team and also on the USA Today All-American team. "Being an All-American is a huge honor and it is something that I have worked for but mainly for my family. It means something to all of them."

"It's good to see," Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said as he was leaving practice Tuesday afternoon at the Sherman Smith Center. "It's good to see people that do the right thing get honored and he certainly played well enough to deserve it. We'll need to get his picture up over there (at football office display area) with the All-Americans. That will be great for him and for us."

The Sporting News is one of the five All-America teams that is officially recognized by the NCAA, along with the Walter Camp, FWAA, AFCA, and Associated Press teams. With Ogbah’s inclusion on the Walter Camp and Sporting News teams he can become a consensus All-American if he is included on the AFCA team, which is scheduled for release on Wednesday.

Ogbah is OSU’s first defensive lineman to be named an All-American since Leslie O’Neal was a unanimous All-American selection in 1985. It also marks the seventh different position group to earn All-America honors under Gundy.

Ogbah has been one of the most dominant players in the country this year and is the nation’s active leader in career sacks with 28. He also leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally with 13 sacks this season, and he leads the Big 12 and ranks 14th nationally with 17.5 tackles for loss.

Additionally, Ogbah has crushed Oklahoma State's school records for career quarterback hurries with 26 and season quarterback hurries with 19. He has at least one sack in 16 of his last 20 games.

Against first-team All-Big 12 and well-thought-of NFL prospect Le'Raven Clark from Texas Tech, Ogbah went for seven tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries.

In OSU's overtime win at West Virginia, Ogbah scored a defensive touchdown, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble, notched a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry in addition to logging a season-high eight tackles. He earned national player of the week honors from the Football Writers Association of America and the Lott IMPACT Trophy for that performance.

He was also the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after posting six tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in OSU's win at Texas.

Cowboy teammates voted Ogbah a 2015 team captain and coaches gave him the team’s defensive MVP award after the conclusion of the regular season.

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