Then things got a lot better.
He's received so many awards over the last week, about the only thing he didn't get was a call to New York for the Heisman ceremony.
The Oklahoma center just wrapped up another selection to the All-Big 12 team – his third. He will finish his career at OU with 49 starts.
“This is a tremendous honor, just overwhelming,” Ikard said in a release. “When you consider all that this trophy represents from academic achievement to athletic achievement along with community service, I think this definitely ranks up there as the biggest honor I've received.”
The award, named for former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, is given annually by the All-Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Ikard even got to make a trip to New York for the National Football Foundation's annual awards.
Pretty good stuff for Ikard.