Reaping rewards and ready for football

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OKLAHOMA CITY–Several players and coaches from local high schools and colleges were honored by the local chapter of the National Football Foundation Thursday night.

The honorees all gathered at the Jim Thorpe Sports Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame for the foundation’s annual awards banquet in Oklahoma City.

 A trio of the honorees were associated with college programs across the state.

One such award winner included long-time Sooners’ Assistant Football Coach Bobby Jack Wright, who picked up an award named after current OU Director of Football Operations Merv Johnson.

And two players honored included Sooners’ straight-A senior center Gabe Ikard and Oklahoma State’s sensational senior safety Daytawion Lowe.

 The two players are confident in their current ball clubs and what’s ahead for the 2013 football season, which kicks off for both the Sooners and Cowboys on Saturday, August 31.

OSU will meet Mississippi State at 2:30 p.m. inside the NFL’s Reliant Stadium in Houston, while OU will host Louisiana-Monroe that night at 6:00 p.m. on Owen Field in Norman.