Joe Okafor
Joe Okafor


Bellaire, Texas

High School:
Bellaire HS

Last College:
Oklahoma State

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 305



Came out of spring camp listed as the starter at defensive end.

2013 (Junior): Played in 12 games earning eight starts ... Finished the season with 22 tackles, including nine solo stops ... Was also credited with three tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks ... Had a season-high six tackles against Nicholls State, including three solos, and a sack ... Posted four tackles, and a sack, against Sam Houston State ... Also had three two-tackle performances.

2012: Played in 11 games with two starts after transferring from Oklahoma State ... Finished the year with 18 tackles, including 4.5 for loss ... Posted three tackles, including two for loss and his lone sack of the year at Northwestern State (10/6) ... Added one of his two quarterback hurries on the season against the Demons ... Finished with three tackles, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup in 52-21 win over McMurry (10/13) ... Recorded a season-high four tackles at Hawai`i (9/15) ... Put up two tackles, including one for loss, and blocked a 36-yard field goal attempt in 31-0 shutout win over Langston (9/22).

At Oklahoma State: Appeared in two games as a redshirt freshman at Oklahoma State in 2011, recording a tackle against Louisiana-Lafayette.

High School: Prepped at Bellaire High School where he was ranked the No. 57 defensive end in the nation by Rivals ... Tabbed as one of the top 25 defensive linemen in the state by Texas Football ... Named second-team All-District 20-5A as a senior ... Played three years of varsity basketball.

Personal: Joe Okafor was born on June 5, 1991 ... Son of Priscilla Okafor ... Majoring in general studies.


Cards set to kick off 2014 campaign

Lamar hosts Grambling State at 7 p.m. Saturday


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FB HIGHLIGHTS: The Cardinals win 42-27 over Grambling

(BEAUMONT, TX) ; The Lamar Cardinals opened up their 2014 season against the visiting Grambling State Tigers. Caleb Berry passed for 389 yards and 5 touchdowns in the opener. Mark Roberts caught 2 of Berry touchdown passes and racked up 139 yards receiving. Reggie Begleton caught 12 passes for 119 yards and scored one touchdown. Lamar is now 1-0 and will travel to College Station to face the Texas A&M Aggies next weekend. Kickoff of set for 6:30 P.M. on September 6th on the SEC network.


PREVIEW: Grambling Rolls into this weekend

(Beaumont, TX) - Jordan Washington takes you through this weeks matchup for the Lamar Cardinals @ Provost-Umphrey Stadium.


Football: #IceBucketChallenge

Coach Ray Woodard and the Senior Cardinals accept Channel 6's Andrew Chernoff's #icebucketchallenge to #strikeoutALS and challenge Judge Bob Wortham and the Lamar Cardinals Men's Basketball Team.


FOOTBALL: Camp Upadate

BEAUMONT, TX: Head Coach Ray Woodard discusses camp progress and the first game of the season. The Cardinals open up season play at home against Grambling on August 30 at 7 PM.



Coach Ray Woodard and players discuss the new freshman class, camp, and what to expect for the year.

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