Duke Football BIO
91 Ayanga Okpokowuruk
2009: Returning starter on the defensive line ... slated to start at end ... has been on the gridiron for more than 1,400 plays over the last three seasons ... has played both end and on the line’s interior during 35-game career that has included 22 starting assignments ... capped off spring drills with two sacks in the annual Spring Game.
2008: Played in 11 games with five starts ... tallied 29 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one pass breakup and three quarterback hurries on the season ... spearheaded Duke’s 10-7 win at Vanderbilt with career-highs of seven tackles and two sacks ... registered three tackles and one sack against James Madison ... also had three tackles, one tackle for loss and one sack against North Carolina ... notched tackles for loss against Navy, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest ... recorded three tackles against both Miami and N.C. State ... played 405 snaps with 40 or more in five games ... played a season-high 62 snaps at Wake Forest.
2007: Started all 12 games at nose guard ... recorded 23 tackles, one tackle for loss and two quarterback pressures on the season ... tallied a season-high five tackles at Notre Dame ... posted four tackles against both Connecticut and Virginia Tech ... had three tackles at Virginia and Navy ... registered two quarterback pressures at Northwestern ... on the field for 618 total snaps with 560 on defense and 58 on special teams ... on the gridiron for 50 or more plays in seven contests, including a season-best 70 at Navy ... named a game captain for the Miami and Florida State games.
2006: Played in all 12 games with five starts ... earned starting assignments against Florida State, Miami, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and North Carolina ... on the field for 406 total plays ... top outing came at Boston College with five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and first collegiate quarterback sack ... finished the year with 16 tackles ... co-recipient of the Mike Suglia Award given annually to Duke’s outstanding second-year member of the program who best exemplifies the complete student-athlete.
2005: Did not see game action ... suffered season-ending leg injury the week prior to Duke’s season-opener at East Carolina.
Prior to Duke: Four-year letterman at The McCallie School for Ralph Potter ... charted as the top defensive end in Tennessee and the 17th-best in the nation by Scout.com ... ranked as the 16th-best weak side defensive end in the nation and the eighth-top overall prospect in Tennessee by Rivals.com ... all-region selection by Prep Star magazine ... finalist for the 2005 Male Athlete of the Year Award presented by the Chattanooga Times Free Press ... all-state and all-city pick in 2004 after recording 39 tackles and five sacks as team went 8-3 and advanced to the state playoff semifinals ... recorded 30 tackles and four sacks while catching 12 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown during junior campaign ... named honorable mention all-state as a junior after helping squad to 7-5 ledger and state playoff semifinal berth ... also participated in basketball and track and field ... placed fourth in the state in the shot put competition.
Personal: Son of Helen and Paul Okpokowuruk ... born June 19, 1987.