Ogbonnia Okoronkwo honored as AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year


In an offense-driven league, Oklahoma defensive end/linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was an elite defensive presence has has been honored accordingly, as he was named as the Associated Press Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year on Friday.

A senior who plays a hybrid edge rusher role for the Sooners, Okoronkwo finished second on the team with 70 total tackles, but became a mainstay in opposing backfields with 17 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Additionally, Okoronkwo also forced 3 fumbles and recovered 2 others. Okoronkwo’s 8 sacks were good for third in the Big 12, behind only TCU’s Mat Boesen (12) and Ben Banogu (9)

As a result of such a stellar senior season, Okoronkwo was also honored as a first-team All-Big 12 selection at linebacker.

With only the College Football Playoff remaining in his collegiate career, Okoronkwo has collectively compiled 157 total tackles, 33 tackles for loss and 20 sacks with the Sooners.

The post Ogbonnia Okoronkwo honored as AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year appeared first on Diehards.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

HS Scores 11/12: All-State soccer announced, Hollar named D-III POY

Boys Soccer Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-State Awards Area Results Division I Assistant Coach of the Year: Maggie Geilenfeldt, Beavercreek. First Team: Sean Dosedel, Carroll; Casey Miller, Centerville. Second Team: Jonah Ackerson, Beavercreek; Zane Burgmirer, Vandalia; Josh Narog, Lebanon; Sam Robinson, Talawanda; Joey Sheehan, Troy...
Report: Former Browns head coach Hue Jackson returning to Bengals
Report: Former Browns head coach Hue Jackson returning to Bengals

Hue Jackson is returning to Cincinnati, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Jackson, who was fired last month after two-plus seasons as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, will join Marvin Lewis’ staff in Cincinnati this week. Jackson’s role is unclear. In addition to his head coaching duties, Lewis is taking over the reigns...
Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer said previewing Maryland
Ohio State football: Everything Urban Meyer said previewing Maryland

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer kicked off Maryland week with his usual Monday press conference.  Here is a transcript of the coach’s interview with local reporters:  COACH MEYER: Thanks for coming. As we do, I'll go through the champions on defense. Coop -- Jonathon Cooper, B.B. Landers, these are guys that graded out champions...
Marvin Lewis on firing defensive coordinator: ‘We had to make a change’
Marvin Lewis on firing defensive coordinator: ‘We had to make a change’

The message was clear in the Cincinnati Bengals locker room on Monday: The way the defense is playing is unacceptable, and no one’s job is safe. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin following the team’s 51-14 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, which marked the third straight game opponents have...
Wright State falls short in bid to reach NCAA tourney
Wright State falls short in bid to reach NCAA tourney

The Wright State men’s soccer team had hoped it did enough to make the field of 48 in the NCAA tournament for the first time. The Raiders have an RPI rating of 35 and were ranked all season in the national polls until falling to UIC in the Horizon League championship. But despite a banner year under first-year coach Jake Slemker, they weren&rsquo...
More Stories