In four seasons at Texas, Okafor started 33 of the 52 games he appeared in and recorded 150 tackles, 23.0 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, four passes defensed and a blocked kick.
2012: A unanimous All-Big 12 first-team selection, Okafor started 12 of the 13 games he played in at strong-side DE … shared the team's Clyde Littlefield Most Spirited Defensive Player Award with Desmond Jackson and Kenny Vaccaro, and he also shared the team's Joseph W. Moore Tenacity Award for Defense and Team Captain Award with Kenny Vaccaro ... earned the Roy Williams-Joe Jamail Leadership Award and was named third-team All-American by the NFL Draft Report … led the league and tied for ninth in the nation with 12.5 sacks, which ranks seventh on the school season-record list and were the most sacks by a Longhorn since Tony Degrate posted 13 sacks in 1984 … ranked second in the Big 12 with a career-high 16.5 tackles for loss, helping the team average 7.7 tackles behind the line of scrimmage per game, the best figure in the Big 12 and sixth-best in the nation … posted nine QB pressures and forced four fumbles, becoming one of just four FBS performers to record at least four forced fumbles and 12 sacks in 2012 … also added a pass defensed and blocked a punt vs. West Virginia … posted sacks on back-to-back plays in the second quarter vs. Mississippi, becoming the first Longhorn player to accomplish that feat in 14 years (Cedric Woodard vs. Texas A&M in 1998) ... registered three tackles, including two sacks, two pressures, one blocked punt, and a career-high tying two forced fumbles vs. West Virginia to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors and CFPA honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades … had a dominant performance in the Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State, as he earned Defensive MVP honors after registering eight tackles, including career highs in tackles for loss (6) and sacks (4.5); his sack total set an Alamo Bowl game record (former mark: 3.5 by Purdue's Chike Okeafor in 1998) and ranks second on the school's all-time single-game list (5.0 by Shane Dronnet vs. Texas Tech in 1990).
2011: A unanimous first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection, Okafor was also on the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award watch list after starting all 13 games at strong-side DE as a junior … an All-American first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association and third-team selection from The NFL Draft Report, Okafor recorded 50 tackles and tied for seventh in the conference with seven sacks … added 12.5 tackles for loss and was credited with 11 QB pressures, as he forced two fumbles, recovered another and deflected three passes … helped the Longhorns lead the league in total defense (306 ypg; 11th in the nation) and rush defense (sixth nationally at 96.2 ypg).
2010: Appeared in all 12 games on the defensive line, including eight starts at DT, and on special teams ... helped Texas rank sixth in the nation in total defense (300.2 ypg) and pass defense (161.6 ypg) ... posted 30 tackles (14 solo), 2.5 sacks, four tackles for loss, 13 QB pressures and one forced fumble.
2009: Appeared in 14 games at DE and on special teams and was named to the All-Big 12 freshman team by The Sporting News ... helped UT rank 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg), first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg), 10th in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) ... UT also ranked first nationally in INTs (25) and tied for first in forced turnovers (37) ... posted 22 tackles, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and six QB pressures.
One of the most highly decorated prep football players in the country while at Pflugerville (TX) High School, Okafor was a prep All-American and two-time All-State performer at DE ... tabbed a 2008 Parade All-American, second-team All-USA selection by USA Today and a second-team EA Sports All-American ... started in the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... participated in the inaugural Hawaii Prep Football Classic ... three-year starter and letterman at DE and a two-time letterman in basketball ... rated as the nation's top DE after totaling 131 tackles and 20 sacks in his final two seasons ... first-team 5A All-State selection by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior after totaling 59 tackles, 12 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt ... tabbed honorable mention 5A All-State by the TSWA as a junior when he helped lead Pflugerville to a 13-4 record and a berth in the 5A Div. II state championship ... notched 72 tackles and eight sacks ... two-time academic all-district selection … graduated with a degree in Corporate Communications.
Watch LB Alex Okafor and G Earl Watford sign their four-year contracts at Cardinals HQ in Tempe. Both players were selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.