No. 1 Sooners sweep top honors in Big 12

Thursday, December 4, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. -- It's easy to forget that quarterback Jason White was one of the few question marks for the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners coming into this season.

His two previous seasons ended with knee injuries, robbing him of the speed that was considered his best asset. Forced to be more of a pocket passer, White became the nation's most efficient thrower and the undisputed leader of a team headed for the national championship game.

White's next challenge will be leading the No. 1 Sooners in the Big 12 title game against Kansas State on Saturday. He'll go in carrying the title of the conference's offensive player of the year, an honor he overwhelmingly received Wednesday in a vote of reporters who regularly cover the league for newspapers from the league's seven states.

Oklahoma swept the major individual honors as cornerback Derrick Strait was named the league's top defensive player. OU's Bob Stoops was named coach of the year on Tuesday.

White has completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,466 yards and a school-record 40 touchdowns against only six interceptions.

Strait had 61 tackles, three interceptions, 11 pass breakups and four fumble recoveries.

The all-conference team will be released today.

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