The Oklahoma Sooners are no strangers when it comes to electrifying the world of college football. Behind stellar quarterback play, the program continues to set the pace on the offensive side of the ball. In turn, several of those signal callers have gone on to claim the Heisman Trophy. Attempting to honor some of the greats, the university’s athletic department now seeks bids for a slew of statues.
First up on the docket, the Sooners hope to erect a statue in the likeness of 2017 Heisman winner, Baker Mayfield. As the sixth player at the university to claim the award, the quarterback set the sporting realm on fire. At this point in time, the athletic department hopes to finish the statue by Spring of 2020.
Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Kyler Murray took over the reigns in 2018. Forced to make up ground in the Heisman race, the one year starter rushed for over 1,000 yards from the line of scrimmage. Combined with an uncanny playmaking ability with his arm, Murray also claimed the Heisman trophy that season. The idea is for the statue resembling Murray to be completed by the Spring of 2021.
As it currently stands, the players will pick the poses for the statues themselves. Much of the vocal fan base hopes Mayfield will “plant the flag” in Norman for the rest of time.
Last but certainly not least, the university also plans to honor the Selmon brothers. Anchoring dominant defensive fronts that secure two national championships, the brothers are considered some of the best to ever step on the field at OU. The statue of the three will mark the first structure dedicated to defensive players on campus. It is set to call an area north of Heisman park home.