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Where Are They Now? 2000 National Champion Oklahoma Sooners

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In our newest series, “Class Reunion,” we take a look back at some memorable teams of the past and find out where the starters are today. First up, the 2000 Oklahoma Sooners. This team won the national title ten years ago in the 2001 Orange Bowl over Florida State. With a rematch against the Seminoles this weekend, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of this Sooners team and look at where the starters are today.

Editor’s note: This lineup is based on the preseason depth chart cross-referenced with statistics from the season. The offense is based on a basic three receiver shotgun formation. The defense is a base 4-3.

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Offense

QB: Josh Heupel: The 2000 Heisman Trophy runner-up spent two years in the NFL before returning to Norman as a grad assistant in 2004. After coaching tight ends at Oklahoma for one season, he has been the Sooners’ QB coach since 2006.

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RB: Quentin Griffin: The man who scored the lone touchdown in the 2001 Orange Bowl spent three years with the Denver Broncos before tearing his ACL. He was out of the NFL by 2006. Griffin last signed with CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2008 but didn’t play.

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WR: Curtis Fagan: Fagan caught 40 passes and seven touchdowns in 2000 and went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft. He currently resides in Norman, OK.

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WR: Andre Woolfolk: After being drafted by Tennessee at No. 28 in 2003, Woolfolk was converted to cornerback. He started just 12 games over four seasons due to injury and was then cut by the Titans in 2007. Woolfolk currently resides in Brentwood, TN.

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WR: Antwone Savage: The Sooners’ leading receiver in 2000 went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft but carved out a career in arena football with the Spokane Shock and was most recently on the reserve roster of the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz.

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TE: Trent Smith: A 7th-round draft choice by the Ravens spent just one season (2005) in the NFL. He is currently the CEO of Sooner Medical Staffing and resides in Yukon, OK.

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T: Frank Romero: Converted from tight end to the offensive line, he went undrafted in the 2002 NFL Draft. Romero currently runs Frank Romero Roofing Co. in Moore, OK.

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G: Howard Duncan: Duncan currently plays with AFL’s Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz and also works works for Farmers Insurance and resides in Moore, OK.

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C: Bubba Burcham: He spent time as a high school football coach after college and is currently a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma. Burcham resides in Broken Arrow, OK, with wife and three children.

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G: Mike Skinner: He currently resides in Tahlequah, OK, and works for the Pryor Lumber Company and the Tahlequah Lumber Company.

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T: Scott Kempenich: Three years after graduating from Oklahoma, he went to Northeastern State for a Master of Education degree. He is currently the principal of Coweta Junior High School in Coweta, OK, and resides in Tulsa, OK.

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Defense

DL: Corey Heinecke: He is currently the contracts manager at Patterson UTI Drilling, a company that deals primarily with oil and natural gas drilling. Heinecke resides in Denver, CO.

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DL: Ryan Fisher: Fisher is the vice president of commercial lending at Bank of Commerce. He currently resides in Oklahoma City, OK.

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DL: Kory Klein: Klein works for the Cedar Creek Lumber Company. Resides in San Antonio, TX.

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LB: Roger Steffen: Steffen resides in Las Vegas, NV.

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LB: Torrance Marshall: The Orange Bowl MVP went 72nd overall in the 2001 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers and spent just three seasons in the NFL. He played in the AFL from 2006-2009. Marshall currently resides in Tampa and is taking emergency medical technician classes to become a fireman.

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LB: Rocky Calmus: Two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year went No. 77 overall in the 2002 NFL Draft to Tennessee. Played in just 27 games before career ended in 2005. He currently owns a landscaping business in Nashville.

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DB: Derrick Strait: The Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year during the 2000 season went No. 76 in the 2004 NFL Draft to the New York Jets but was out of the league by 2008. He recently moved to New York City and plans on getting into coaching.

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DB: Michael Thompson: Nearly lost his life following a car accident during the offseason following the championship game and never returned to his elite form. He’s currently a Tulsa police officer.

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S: Roy Williams: A Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award winner in 2001, he went No. 8 overall in the 2002 NFL Draft to the Cowboys. Williams has gone to 5 Pro Bowls and is currently a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

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S: T.J. Thatcher: The 2000 Mosi Tatupu Award winner for being the special teams player of the year, his whereabouts unknown.

 
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