Frank Okam

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Frank Okam
Frank Okam - Houston Texans.jpg
Frank Okam at Houston Texans training camp in 2010.
No. --     Free agent
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-10-16) October 16, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 350 lb (159 kg)
Career information
High school: Dallas (TX) Lake Highlands
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
Debuted in 2008 for the Houston Texans
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles 33
Sacks 0.0
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Franklin Nonyelu Okam, Jr. (born October 16, 1985) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas.

Early years[edit]

Of Nigerian descent, Okam attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas, where he competed in football where he was an all-district, all-area, & all-state. He also competed in basketball where his team finished as Region II semifinalists. Okam also competed in track & field where was a state finalist in discus, all while holding a 3.9 GPA. As a senior at Lake Highlands, Okam achieved a 345 lb (156 kg) bench max, 500 lb (230 kg) squat max, 29 inch vertical, and an impressive 4.9 40-yard dash for a man of his size. He weighed in at 300 pounds (140 kg) on a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) frame. Okam was highly recruited as the second ranked defensive tackle in the nation, Okam received scholarship offers from Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Stanford among other universities. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Oil Bowl in which he got Defensive MVP following his senior season.

College career[edit]

Okam contributed immediately as a true freshman, earning first-team Freshman All-America honors from Sporting News.

As a sophomore, he started all 13 games and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches. He made five tackles, including his first sack of the season, in Texas' 41-38 victory over USC for the 2005-06 National Championship.

As a junior, he started 11 games and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press, and he made the 2006 ESPN first-team All-American squad.[1]

In their 2007 season preview magazine, CBS Sportsline.com said, “Frank Okam should be one of the top players in the country” during his senior season with the 2007 Texas Longhorn football team.[2]

After a stellar senior season, Okam finished his career at the University of Texas with 160 total tackles, 81 solo tackles with 28 tackles for a loss. In addition, Okam finished his career with 10 sacks, a forced fumble, 5 recovered fumbles, and 12 deflected passes.

Professional career[edit]

Houston Texans[edit]

Okam was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

He was waived on October 25, 2010.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Okam signed with the Seattle Seahawks on November 2, 2010. He was cut shortly thereafter.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Okam as a free agent after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks. He was waived on November 22, 2011, and re-signed to the team's practice squad the following day.

He was then cut again by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug 31, 2012.

New York Giants[edit]

He was signed by the New York Giants on May 11, 2013 after a veteran tryout at the rookie minicamp. On August 25, 2013, he was cut by the Giants.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 All American Team". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  2. ^ College Football – 2007 Season Preview. CBS Sportsline.com. 2007. p. 40. 
  3. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 26, 2013). "LB Aaron Curry among players released". Giants.com. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 

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