76   Russell Okung
Russell Okung

Houston, Texas

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 300



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One of America's top linemen and projects as a high draft pick ... A first-team all-conference selection by the coaches in 2008 after earning honorable mention all-league honors as a sophomore ... Has started 34 straight games for the longest active streak on the team ... Has been a starter in the offensive line since his true freshman season ... Was named to the all-bowl team at the conclusion of the 2007 season after holding Indiana's Greg Middleton, the NCAA's sack leader, without a tackle in the Insight Bowl victory.

2008 (Junior): The anchor of the Cowboy offensive line ... Played especially well in big games ... Battled Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo, the Big 12 defensive player of the year, to a draw ... Helped lead OSU to its third straight Big 12 rushing title and top 10 national rankings in scoring and total offense as well as rushing ... OSU is also among the top 20 in fewest sacks allowed ... Led OSU with 71 knockdown blocks ... Also topped the Cowboys with 27 "dominating" blocks ... Was in for 874 snaps.

2007 (Sophomore): Started throughout the season and was one of the dominant players up front ... Helped lead the Cowboys to top 10 national rankings in rushing (eighth) and total offense (seventh) while finishing third in the country in sacks allowed (11 in 13 games) ... OSU's offensive line gave up just five sacks in eight Big 12 games to lead the league in that category ... Was selected as OSU's most valuable offensive lineman against Florida Atlantic (nine knockdowns), Sam Houston State (10 knockdowns) ... Had the highest game grade among linemen in the game at Texas A&M ... Was the o-line MVP against Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma.

2006 (Freshman): Moved into the starting lineup for the first time against Kansas and held the position of right tackle for the rest of the season (eight straight starts) ... One of three freshmen who started at least one game on the offensive side ... Helped OSU's offense to its fourth highest scoring season ever ... Graded out as OSU's best offensive lineman against Nebraska and Texas Tech ... Ended the season by being voted as a member of The Sporting News all-Big 12 freshman team and was named the Dick Bogert Award winner as OSU's top freshman.

High School: Recruited by Oklahoma, LSU and Nebraska ... Was rated No. 50 on's southwest top 100 list and was first-team all-Greater Houston and first-team all-district ... Member of the Dallas Morning News' top 100.

Personal: Born Oct. 7, 1987 ... Son of Dorothy Akpabio and Victor Okung ... A marketing major at OSU.

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