Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Originally posted by nbbarone:
My boy Okam interview. Seems to have a good head on his shoulders.
Great kid. Very smart. The problem has always been his lack of a nasty streak on the football field. For guys who are interior lineman, they have to have an edge on the field. I think he lacks this quality, and it shows in his inconsistency.
I hope he proves me wrong. He is a classy guy.
My good friend, who was a four-year starter at an ACC school said that a number of players from his team that went on to the NFL did not love the game. They played it because they were good at it, and it was a sure way of making huge money. I've got a feeling that football is not a gigantic priority in Okam's life. He's got dreams much bigger than the NFL. I could be wrong.
Its quite possible you're right, but just because a player is "classy" in an interview, doesn't mean he isn't a hard ass in the trenches. I feel that his production proves he is a gamer.
2007: Started all thirteen games at strong-side defensive tackle, helping the team rank sixth in the nation in rush defense (93.38 ypg)…Recorded a career-high 52 tackles (25 solos) with five sacks for minus 50 yards, eleven stops for losses of 62 yards and sixteen quarterback pressures…Recovered a fumble that he advanced 7 yards and caused another while also deflecting five passes…Sat out spring drills while recovering from right knee arthroscopic surgery. 12 GP; 12 GS; 38 TT, 6 TFL, 2 SK, 10 QBH; Started 12 games, honorable mention All-Big 12 in '06. 13 GP; 13 GS; 48 TT, 5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 PBU, 11 QBH; Started all 13 games, second-team All-Big 12 in '05. 12 GP; 1 GS; 22 TT, 6 TFL, 2 SK, 5 PBU, 9 QBH; first-team Freshman-All American in '04.