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2015 NFL DRAFT

Alex Okafor, DE

School: Texas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pflugerville, TX
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 264 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
5782
Career Notes
A four-year player who appeared in 52 games on the defensive line, including 33 starts ... a highly-decorated and durable three-year starting defensive end ... had a 32-game starting streak end in the 2012 Kansas State game due to injury ... a two-time first team All-Big 12 choice (2011-12) ... 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by CBSSports.com.

Named to the 2012 Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and CFPA Defensive Lineman of the Year Trophy watch lists ... voted 2012 team captain (along with Kenny Vaccaro) at the end of the regular season ... earned defensive MVP honors in the 2012 Alamo Bowl after posting a record 4.5 sacks ... named to ESPN.com 's and SI.com's 2012 All-Bowl team ... selected to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl ... tabbed 2012 preseason first-team All-America by Athlon, Blue Ribbon and Phil Steele magazines ... a 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-American ... unanimous 2011 first team All-Big 12 selection (Coaches) ... also named first team All-Big 12 (AP, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and second team (San Antonio Express-News).

Was on the 2011 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award watch list ... transitioned back to full-time defensive end from defensive tackle in the spring of 2011 ... named to the All-Big 12 freshman team by Sporting News ... enrolled in January '09 and took part in spring drills ... a prep All-American ... started in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... ranked as the nation's top defensive end by Rivals ... a two-time academic all-district selection ... a three-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll.

2012 Season
Played in all 13 games with 12 starts at defensive end ... started the first 11 games and played just a few snaps in the regular-season finale against Kansas State due to injury ... a first team All-Big 12 choice by the Coaches, Associated Press, ESPN.com, San Antonio Express-News, Austin American-Statesman and Dallas Morning News ... ranked first in the Big 12 and tied for ninth in the FBS in sacks per game (0.96) ... tied for second in the league and tied for 20th nationally in forced fumbles (0.31 pg) ... also tied for second in the league in tackles for loss (1.27 pg) ... one of just four players in the FBS with at least four forced fumbles and 12.0 or more sacks (also Jarvis Jones, Georgia; Kyle Van Noy, BYU; Anthony Barr, UCLA).

Led the team in sacks (12.5), QB pressures (20), forced fumbles (4), and tackles for loss (18) ... sack total ranks No. 7 on the UT all-time single-season list and is most in one year since Tony Degrate posted 13 in 1984 ... ranked fourth on the team in tackles (68) ... shared the team's Clyde Littlefield Most Spirited Defensive Player Award with Desmond Jackson and Kenny Vaccaro ... also shared the team's Joseph W. Moore Tenacity Award for Defense and Team Captain Award with Kenny Vaccaro ... earned the Roy Williams-Joe Jamail Leadership Award ... registered five tackles (four solo), including one TFL and one sack, vs. Wyoming ... earned co-defensive player of the game honors (also Jackson Jeffcoat) from the coaches ... had three stops vs. New Mexico.

Posted four tackles, including two for a loss and two sacks, and two QB pressures against Ole Miss... had sacks on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, the first time that occurred in 14 years ... Cedric Woodard was involved in sacks on consecutive plays (solo and a half sack) against Texas A&M in 1998 ... earned the defensive player of the game by the coaches ... recorded six tackles (three solo), including one TFL and one sack, against Oklahoma State ... also tied a career high with 4 QB pressures vs. the Cowboys ... registered three tackles, including two TFL and two sacks, two QB pressures, one blocked punt, and a career-high tying two forced fumbles against West Virginia to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week ... also earned CFPA honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week honors ... registered three tackles, including one for a loss, one pass breakup, and one QB pressure vs. Oklahoma ... posted 10 tackles, including two for a loss and one sack, against Baylor ... recorded a career-high 13 tackles, including one for a loss, one forced fumble, and three QB pressures vs. Kansas.

Had four tackles, including one for a loss and one sack, against Texas Tech ... posted nine tackles, including one for a loss, and one QB pressure vs. Iowa State ... registered one tackle and one QB pressure against TCU ... missed part of the Horned Frogs game due to an ankle injury ... Kansas State game was first non-start in 33 games ... played only a handful of snaps due to the ankle injury ... had a dominant performance in the Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State ... earned by Defensive MVP honors after registering eight tackles, including career highs in tackles for loss (6) and sacks (4.5) ... sack total set a bowl game record (former mark: 3.5 by Purdue's Chike Okeafor in 1998) and ranks second on the school's all-time single-game list (5.0 by Shane Dronnet vs. Texas Tech in 1990) ... his TFL tally is third most in a UT game (7.0 - Tim Crowder at Rice, 2006; 6.5 - Steve McMichael vs. Texas Tech, 1979) ... named to ESPN.com's and SI.com's All-Bowl team.

2011 Season
Started all 13 games at defensive end ... AFCA FBS Coaches' All-American ... unanimous first team All-Big 12 selection (Coaches) ... also named first team All-Big 12 (AP, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and second team (San Antonio Express-News) ... on the 2011 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award watch list ... posted 58 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three pass breakups, 17 pressures, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery on the season.

Helped Texas lead the Big 12 and rank sixth in the nation in rushing defense (96.23 ypg) and 11th in total defense (306.08) ... also ranked 10th in pass efficiency defense (111.0) ... tallied a career-high eight tackles with one sack, one TFL, one fumble recovery and one pressure at Iowa State ... recorded seven tackles, three TFL, one sack and three pressures against Kansas State to help the defense limit the Wildcats to 121 yards of total offense ... finished with eight tackles including two TFL and one sack at Missouri ... had two sacks, three pressures and six tackles against Texas Tech to earn the team's Defensive Player of the Week award ... posted four tackles, two TFL, one sack and two caused fumbles against Kansas to earn CFPA honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Recorded five tackles, two TFL, one sack and two pressures versus Oklahoma State ... had two tackles, one pass breakup and four pressures at Texas A&M to earn CFPA honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week ... had eight tackles at Baylor ... recorded two tackles, one TFL and one pressure in the season-opening win against Rice ... notched two tackles, one PBU and one pressure against BYU ... recorded three tackles, one TFL and one pressure against Oklahoma ... helped lead the defense to a shutout performance against Kansas, allowing only 46 yards of total offense and negative two rushing yards ... posted four tackles while helping the defense hold California to seven rushing yards and 195 yards of total offense in the Holiday Bowl.

2010 Season
Appeared in all 12 games on the defensive line, including eight starts at defensive tackle, and on special teams ... helped Texas rank sixth in the nation in total defense (300.2 ypg) and pass defense (161.6 ypg) ... posted 30 tackles (14 solo), 2.5 sacks, four TFL, 13 pressures and one forced fumble ... registered two tackles (one solo) versus Wyoming ... recorded two tackles (one solo), 0.5 sacks, one TFL and three pressures at Texas Tech ... tallied one tackle against UCLA.

Notched four tackles (three solo) and one pressure at No. 8 Oklahoma ... recorded three tackles (two solo), one sack, one TFL and one pressure at No. 5/4 Nebraska ... logged one tackle and one pressure versus Iowa State ... registered seven tackles (four solo) at Kansas State ... tallied two tackles, one sack, one TFL, one forced fumble and three pressures versus No. 12/11 Oklahoma State ... collected three tackles, one TFL and one pressure against Florida Atlantic ... posted five tackles (one solo) and three pressures against No. 17/18 Texas A&M.

2009 Season
Appeared in 14 games at defensive end and on special teams ... named to the All-Big 12 freshman team by Sporting News ... helped UT rank 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg), first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg), 10th in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) ... UT also ranked first nationally in INTs (25) and tied for first in forced turnovers (37) ... posted 22 tackles, two TFL, a forced fumble and six pressures ... registered four tackles, two TFL and a pressure against ULM.

Posted two tackles and a pressure at Wyoming ... notched a tackle versus Texas Tech ... registered a pressure against UTEP ... tallied a tackle versus Colorado ... logged a tackle, a forced fumble and pressure against No. 20 Oklahoma ... notched three tackles at Missouri ... registered a tackle at Oklahoma State ... posted a tackle and a pressure against UCF ... tallied four tackles and a pressure at Baylor ... recorded a tackle versus Kansas ... posted two tackles at Texas A&M ... added a tackle in the BCS Championship game against No. 1 Alabama.

High School
Coached by George Herrmann at Pflugerville H.S. ... a prep All-American and two-time all-state performer at defensive end ... tabbed a 2008 Parade All-American ... a second-team All-USA selection by USA Today and a second-team EA Sports All-American ... started in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... participated in the inaugural Hawaii Prep Football Classic ... a three-year starter and letterman at defensive end and a two-time letterman in basketball ... rated as the nation's top strongside DE and the 14th-best prospect on Rivals' top 100 national list ... a member of ESPNU's top 150 national prospects ... ranked as the top DE in Texas by ESPNU.

Totaled 131 tackles and 20 sacks in his final two seasons ... led Pflugerville to a 21-7 record ... a first-team 5A all-state selection by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior ... also a first-team all-district 25-5A and all-CenTex selection ... registered 59 tackles, 12 sacks, 17 TFL, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt ... tabbed honorable mention 5A all-state by the TSWA as a junior ... also a first-team all-district 14-5A and all-CenTex selection ... helped lead Pflugerville to a 13-4 record and a berth in the 5A Div. II state championship ... notched 72 tackles and eight sacks ... a two-time academic all-district selection.

Personal
Born in Dallas, Texas ... lived in Arlington until age seven and Houston from ages seven to nine before moving to Pflugerville ... enrolled in the college of liberal arts ... a two-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll (Spring 2010/Fall 2010) ... two-time prep academic all-district selection ... active in community service ... volunteered to work at the Timmerman Elementary Science Fair ... cousin, Ben Nelson, graduated from Texas in 2007 ... cousin, Eric Alexander, played football at LSU (2000-03).
 
LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 44. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: Due to his time inside at defensive tackle, Okafor uses his hands very well and proved a better than advertised overall athlete at his March 26 Pro Day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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