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Russell Okung biography

Date of birth : 1987-10-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Fort Bend, Texas
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-03
Credited as : Football player NFL, tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Russell Okung is an American football tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played college football for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He was considered one of the best prospects available for the 2010 NFL Draft.

Selected with the sixth over- all pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Highest drafted tackle in club history (Walter Jones was also selected sixth overall in 1997). First tackle draft- ed since Ray Willis in 2005. Second player draft- ed out of Oklahoma State in team history (Mark Moore, 1987). First draft choice of General Manager John Schneider and Head Coach Pete Carroll.

COLLEGE:

Played 52 games at Oklahoma State, starting final 47 contests – including last 39 at left tackle (first eight at right tackle). Part of unit that saw the Cowboys lead the Big Twelve Conference in rushing in each of his four sea- sons in the starting line-up. The Outland Trophy finalist, All-American and Big Twelve Offensive Lineman of the Year honors, becoming OSU’s most decorated offensive lineman since former Pittsburgh Steelers standout center, Jon Kolb (1966-68). Registered 317 knock-downs with 48 touchdown-resulting blocks during his time as a starter, an average of 6.74 knockdowns and 1.02 touchdown-resulting blocks per game. In his final two seasons, his total of 30 touchdown- resulting blocks were tops in the BigTwelve.

SENIOR: Started all 13 games. All- American first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report, Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Foundation Coaches Association. Outland Trophy Finalist and was only offensive lineman named a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award. Big Twelve Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and unanimous confrence first-team selection. Led Big Twelve linemen with 133 knockdowns and 16 touchdown-resulting blocks. Finished with league-best 87.85% grade for blocking consis- tency. Allowed just one sack on 336 pass plays.

JUNIOR: Pro Football Weekly All-American Selection and first-team All- Big Twelve Conference hon- ors. Led team with 71 knock- downs and his 15 touch- down-resulting blocks ranked second in the conference. Allowed two sacks on 326 pass plays. Cowboys averaged 245.5 ypg (ranked first in Big Twelve, eighth in nation).

SOPHOMORE: Shifted to left tackle, starting all 13 games. Recorded 67 knockdowns with a team-high ten touchdown-resulting blocks. Part of unit that fin- ished third in the country in fewest sacks allowed (0.85 spg) and helped pave way for a rushing attack that led the Big Twelve (eighth nationally), averaging 245.46 ypg.

FRESHMAN: Freshman All-Big Twelve Conference choice by The Sporting News. Moved into the starting line- up at right tackle in the schedule’s sixth game vs. Kansas, starting his final eight contests. Graded best among down linemen, as he delivered 52 knockdowns that included seven-touchdown- resulting blocks.

PERSONAL:

Attended George Bush (Houston, Tex.) High School.Three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com. Ranked 33rd nationally among offen- sive tackles and placed 71st on Rival’sTexas Top 100 list. Scout.com ranked the lineman 50th over- all on the South-west Top 100 chart. Added first-team All-Greater Houston and All-District honors, along with being named to the Dallas Morning News Top 100 squad as a senior. Marketing major.
Son of Dorothy Akabio and Victor Okung.

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