by Chuck Pool (email@example.com)
Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced on Tuesday that former Houston Texans defensive tackle Frank Okam has been promoted to defensive line coach. He fills the vacancy created when Michael Slater took a position at Kansas.
“Frank has developed a strong bond with our defensive line over the past two years as a graduate assistant,” Bailiff said. “He is a great teacher who brings the hands-on experience of having played at the highest level both as a collegian and professional. We have some great young talent on the defensive line and Frank is the perfect person to take them to the next level.”
Okam was one of the nation’s top defensive line recruits out of Dallas Lake Highlands in 2004 before signing with Texas. He was a three-time All-Big 12 selection and played in 50 career games, starting 39. He recorded 160 tackles, 10 sacks, 28 TFL, 46 pressures, 12 PBD, a forced fumble and five fumble recoveries. He earned third-team All-America honors by The Associated Press in 2007 and was a member of the Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy watch lists last year.
He was selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2008 draft and played three seasons for Houston. He also played for Seattle and Tampa Bay before retiring.