Frank Okam joins the Rice staff in the spring of 2014 as a defensive graduate assistant after completing his career in the NFL.
Frank Okam (97) sacked Rice quarterback Joel Armstrong (13) during the second quarter of their NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Okam was a four-year letterman at defensive tackle at Texas, where he earned All-America and All Big 12 honors. He earned freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News in 2004 and was an All Big 12 selection in 2006 (first team) and 2007 (second team). He was a starter for the Longhorn's 2005 BCS Champions and was credited with a pair of tackles, including a sack, in the National Championship game vs. USC in the Rose Bowl.
He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by the Houston Texans and played with them for three seasons. He was waived during the 2010 season and was signed by Seattle. He also played with Tampa Bay and saw his final league action when he was in training camp with the New York Giants in 2013.
Okam graduated from Texas in 3 1/2 years with a degree in Sport Management while minoring in Business. He attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas where he was a Parade and US Army All-American and graduated in the top 5 percent of his class.