Texas DE Alex Okafor picked up right where he left off.
The Longhorn defender had a huge game in Texas’ Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State last month. He finished with nine tackles in the game, six of them for losses. He had 4.5 sacks, and forced one fumble.
On day one of practice at the Senior Bowl, Okafor looked just as dominant. He helped the North defense shut down the offense during most of the team work Monday. And Okafor says his performance at the Alamo Bowl last month was the result of some good luck.
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“Everything fell in line for me. It was a perfect opportunity for me,” he told The John Murphy Show in Mobile, after the North practice in the afternoon. “Coaches put me in a good situation and I just took advantage of it, and had a helluva game.”
Okafor was one of many standouts on the defensive side of the ball for the North team. And he says the unit can play even better with more reps.
“We started off a little slow, but that just comes from rust,” he said. “A lot of us haven’t played since the bowl games, some of us didn’t even have bowl games. It’s hard getting back into football shape. But as practiced picked up, we got better and better, and I think we finished off on a good note.”
Okafor is considered a prototypical 4/3 defensive end. He’s 6-5, 265 pounds, with a frame that should allow him to pack on more bulk. And he’s got a wide frame and impressive wingspan-important for swatting down passes.
But what Okafor did most impressively Monday at the Senior Bowl practice, was set the edge on the left side of the defense.
“Just the Oakland coaching staff, they emphasized that a lot during film last night. The five technique has to set the edge. So, I’m going into practice today thinking set the edge, set the edge. So when you hear it all the time, it kinda falls into place and you do it,” he said.
The John Murphy Show will broadcast live from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7pm.
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