HornsNation, will analyze each of the scholarship players currently on the Texas roster. (The bulk of the 2012 class is not currently on the roster.) We will look at the player’s past contributions, what he might do for Texas this year and the future impact he could have on the program. Starting with No. 1 Mike Davis we will go through the roster numerically before ending with No. 99 Desmond Jackson
Defensive end, 6-4, 260, Senior
Impact so far
Okafor has been a mainstay on the Texas defense, playing in 39 games and starting 21. As a junior he had 58 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three pass breakups, 17 pressures, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery. In each of the past three years he has been a main factor in Texas never ranking worse than 12th in overall defense.
Impact in 2012
Okafor will anchor the defensive line and force teams to try and run away from his side of the field. That ability to effectively seal the edge on one side of the field should make every other defensive player’s job easier. That Okafor has a better backup this year means that he should be more rested as the year goes on and therefore be more effective.
While Okafor certainly would have been drafted in the first three rounds had he gone out after his junior year, with a solid season in 2012, it is expected he will be a first round pick.