Lofton Named All-American

Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton became the program's 144th All-American on Friday when he was awarded the honor by The Sporting News, one of five All-American teams recognized by the NCAA.

Add All-American to Curtis Lofton's list of growing accomplishments.

The Oklahoma linebacker on Friday was named an All-American by The Sporting News, it was announced.

The NCAA recognizes five All-American teams with the Sporting News being among them. After Duke Robinson earned similar honors from the American Football Coaches Association earlier this year, Lofton becomes the 144th All-American in OU's 112-year history of football.

A junior from Kingfisher, Okla., Lofton recorded a team-high 141 tackles in 2007, the best total during head coach Bob Stoops' nine years at the program.

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 record had stood for several years as former Sooner greats Jackie Shipp (1981) and Daryl Hunt (1977) shared it with seven.

Lofton became known not just for his tackling skills, but his ability to come up with the big play. He scored two touchdowns on the season, a 45-yard interception return against Utah State and a 12-yard fumble return against Missouri on Oct. 13. 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 last week's Big XII championship game, he intercepted a Chase Daniel pass and the Sooners turned it into a touchdown, giving them a two-touchdown lead en route to a 38-17 victory.

Earlier, Lofton was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

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