Joe Okafor
Joe Okafor

Bellaire, Texas

High School:
Bellaire HS

Last College:
Oklahoma State

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 305



2014 Honorable Mention All-SLC

-2014 Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference

-Played in 35 games, earning 24 starts during his career

-Recorded 68 career tackles, including 32 solo stops, 13.5 tackles for losses, eight sacks, three quarterback hurries and two blocks.

2014 (Senior): A 2014 Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference selection ... Played in and started 12 games ... Recorded 28 tackles on the season, including nine solo stops ... Was credited with six sacks for 34 yards in losses ... Also recorded a quarterback hurry and blocked a kick ... Finished the year ranked fourth in the SLC in sacks ... Tied a career-high with six tackles in the win over Mississippi College ... Also had 1.5 sacks against MC ... Recorded four tackles (1.5 sacks) and blocked a kick against Sam Houston State ... Recorded a five-tackle performance, including four unassisted tackles, in the win at Abilene Christian.

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.


Eleven Cardinals Earn All-Southland Recognition

Senior receiver Mark Roberts garners first-team recognition


Lamar Runs Past Mississippi College

Cardinals record 661 yards of total offense in victory


Cards set to kick off 2014 campaign

Lamar hosts Grambling State at 7 p.m. Saturday


2014 Fall Camp - Defensive Line

Senior Joe Okafor's move to the outside should strengthen LU's defensive front


LU Defense Records Big Plays in Scrimmage

After a slow start, defense turns in dominating performance




The Big Red SN Guys: Lamar at McNeese Chalk Talk 2

(BEAUMONT, TX) The Big Red SN Guys, Jordan and Wesley, deliver their last Chalk Talk of the season - recapping the big win over #17 McNeese State 27-24 and the season as a whole.


Flight Plan::Football

The Lamar Cardinals (7-4 OVR) (4-3 SLC) head to Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, LA to compete against McNeese State (6-4 OVR) (4-3 SLC) in their final game of the season. Game time is slated for 6PM.


Highlights: UIW 20 - LU 31

(BEAUMONT, TX) The Lamar Cardinals take home the close win over Incarnate Word with a final score of 20-31. Lamar had yet another record breaking game when Mark Roberts became the first player in Lamar history to record 1,000 receiving yards.

The Cardinals will travel next week to McNeese to take on the Cowboys.


Flight Plan::Football

(BEAUMONT, TX); The Lamar Cardinals are set to take on the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals in the Big Red's final home game. It is also senior night for the Cards, and there will be a ceremony before the game honoring them individually.

Game is slated for 7PM at Provost-Umphrey Stadium and online at www.bigredsn.com

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