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Texas fifth-year OL Denzel Okafor enters NCAA transfer portal


AUSTIN – Texas fifth-year offensive lineman Denzel Okafor could opt to finish his college career elsewhere after submitting his name into the transfer portal.

A school official confirmed Okafor was now in the NCAA’s transfer database as of Wednesday evening.

A four-star guard out of Lewisville who signed in 2016, Okafor played in 39 games with five career starts. He started one game at right tackle last season, a 23-21 loss at Iowa State on Nov. 16, and contributed on special teams throughout the year.

His biggest impact came in 2017 as a sophomore. Okafor that season started the opener against Maryland then made three more starts throughout the year, Tom Herman’s first as UT’s coach.

But the former All-American appeared in only one game as a junior and ended up redshirting in 2018.

“This was a guy that, thank god for the new redshirt rule because he kind of wasted a year, if you will,” Herman said last March. “I think he played 27 snaps as a true freshman. We were fortunate that rule came into place.”

Denzel Okafor checks the scoreboard at the UT Orange-White Spring Game at DKR Stadium on April 21, 2018.

Denzel Okafor checks the scoreboard at the UT Orange-White Spring Game at DKR Stadium on April 21, 2018.

Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News

Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News

Denzel Okafor checks the scoreboard at the UT Orange-White Spring Game at DKR Stadium on April 21, 2018.

Denzel Okafor checks the scoreboard at the UT Orange-White Spring Game at DKR Stadium on April 21, 2018.

Photo: Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News

Texas fifth-year OL Denzel Okafor enters NCAA transfer portal

As a graduate transfer, Okafor would be eligible to play this season without having to sit out. If he goes through with his plans to transfer Okafor would first finish his remaining coursework at Texas – UT has moved all spring semester classes online and asked students not to return to campus unless “there is a specific need.”

The Big 12 has also not yet made a decision on whether to continue to postpone or outright cancel spring football practices. Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby is expected to make an announcement on those ongoing discussions by the end of the month.

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