Stoops proud of Pendleton

On Thursday, the University of Oklahoma announced that junior defensive tackle [b]Carl Pendleton[/b] would end his football career at this end of this season so that he could devote more time to his 10-year old brother Kierstan, who he is the legal guardian of.

Pendleton's decision is also so that he could concentrate on graduate school, and Thursday it was announced that he will receive one of nine $18,000 Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarships from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Following Practice, OU head coach [b]Bob Stoops[/b] admitted that he could not be more proud of one of his players. "It is a great, great honor," said Stoops. "I go every year to the College Hall of Fame in New York City in December and Carl will be on the stage in a black tux. I am proud of Carl just for what it means. Carl is the ultimate student/athlete, and his character in everything he does on and off the field is in a first class way. "I am just proud of everything that he has accomplished here, not only as a player of course but this award just speaks to the all around person that he is, his involvement in the University in many ways, and the great student that he is. We are all proud of him. The team is really proud of him as they were all giving him a standing ovation out there. I am very proud of him." Pendleton has played a big role in the defensive front all three years that he has been on campus, and that doesn't go unnoticed by the his teammates and coaches. Pendleton has announced that he at the end of this season he is hanging up the cleats, which will end a very good career for the Sapulpa native. "Carl has a lot on his plate and a great future in so many ways," said Stoops. "We say it a lot to our guy's all the time that football comes and goes and it isn't the end all for sure. Carl has so much in front of him and he will go pursue it next year, and we are all pulling for him no matter what he wants to do. "We had this award three or four years ago with Renaldo Works, who was also in the same position. So we are proud to have a couple of our guys in the last few years to win such a prestigious award." As much as Stoops is proud of Pendleton for what he is doing in the classroom, he is even more proud of the fact that Pendleton is doing what is necessary to take care of his brother Kierstan. "We love seeing his little brother around," said Stoops. "Carl is great to look after him. It is important and he is doing a great job of it." Thus Pendleton becomes a senior on the team and will go through senior day during the Texas Tech game. He will graduate at semester and enroll in graduate school in January where he will study education.

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