Okafor earns All-American honors, first Longhorn to do so since 2009

Christian Corona

For the first time in two seasons, Texas is not only going to a bowl game but bringing an All-American with them. Junior defensive end Alex Okafor was named to the AFCA All-American team Monday, making him the first All-American since Colt McCoy, Chris Hall and Earl Thomas were chosen to be All-Americans in 2009. Okafor, a local of Pflugerville, Texas, has made 53 tackles this season, including 14 for loss. His seven sacks and 17 quarterback hurries are both team highs. He joins Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy, Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus and South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram as a defensive linemen named to the AFCA All-American squad. Okafor was one of five players from the Big 12 and one of four Texans selected to the team.