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Frank Okam
File:Frank Okam - Houston Texans.jpg
Frank Okam at Houston Texans training camp in 2010.
No. 97, 78, 98     
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-10-16) October 16, 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Houston Texans ( 2008 2010)
 As coach:
* Rice (2014−2015)
Graduate assistant
  • Rice (2016−2017)
    Defensive line coach
  • Baylor (2018−present)
    Assistant Defensive line coach
Career highlights and awards
* Sporting News Freshman All-American (2004)
Total tackles     33
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     1
Stats at

Franklin Nonyelu Okam, Jr. (born October 16, 1985) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas. Okam currently serves as Defensive Line coach for the Baylor Bears football team.[1]

Early years

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

Okam accepted a scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, where he played defensive tackle for the Texas Longhorns football team from 2004 to 2007. 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 at nose tackle 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.[2]

In their 2007-season preview magazine, CBS said, "Frank Okam should be one of the top players in the country" during his senior season with the 2007 Texas Longhorns football team.[3]

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

Houston Texans

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 38 in 347 lb 5.36 s 1.84 s 3.09 s 4.95 s 8.07 s 23 in 8 ft 8 in 32 reps

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

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

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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.[4]


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