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1979 Oklahoma Sooners Roster

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Record: 11-1, .917 W-L% (4th of 140) ▪ Rank: 3rd in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big 8  ▪ Conference Record: 7-0 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Barry Switzer (11-1)

PS/G: 33.8 (3rd of 140) ▪ PA/G: 12.1 (13th of 140)
SRS: 22.54 (3rd of 140) ▪ SOS: 5.46 (46th of 140)

Bowl Game: Won Orange Bowl 24-7 versus Florida State


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  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
J.C. Watts* QB 41 Cmp, 85 Att, 821 Yds, 4 TD
Kelly Phelps QB 2 Cmp, 8 Att, 59 Yds, 0 TD
David Overstreet* RB 65 Att, 306 Yds, 4.7 Avg
Billy Sims* RB 248 Att, 1670 Yds, 6.7 Avg
Stanley Wilson* RB 85 Att, 539 Yds, 6.3 Avg
Royce Coleman RB 11 Att, 57 Yds, 5.2 Avg
Barry Joyner RB 36 Att, 212 Yds, 5.9 Avg
Weldon Ledbetter RB 38 Att, 199 Yds, 5.2 Avg
Jay McKim RB 6 Att, 25 Yds, 4.2 Avg
Chet Winters RB 17 Att, 148 Yds, 8.7 Avg
Herbert Young RB 12 Att, 74 Yds, 6.2 Avg
Steve Rhodes* WR 3 Rec, 60 Yds, 20.0 Avg
Forrest Valora* WR 9 Rec, 234 Yds, 26.0 Avg
Bobby Grayson WR 5 Rec, 86 Yds, 17.2 Avg
Freddie Nixon WR 15 Rec, 293 Yds, 19.5 Avg
Terry Crouch* OL
Ed Culver* OL
Don Key* OL
Louis Oubre* OL
Paul Tabor* OL
Lyndle Byford OL
Barry Burget* DL
Keith Gary* DL
John Goodman* DL
Johnny Lewis* DL
Richard Turner* DL
Bruce Taton DL
George Cumby* LB
Barry Dittman* LB
Basil Banks* DB
Bud Hebert* DB
Darrol Ray* DB
Sherwood Taylor* DB
Mike Babb DB
Jay Jimerson DB