Selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Highest drafted tackle in club history (Walter Jones was also selected sixth overall in 1997) and first draft choice of General Manager John Schneider and Head Coach Pete Carroll.
NFL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
- Started all 14 games played and helped Seattle lead the NFL with 172.6 rushing yards per game on a franchise-record 2,762 yards on the year. Also was part of the line that helped set the franchise-mark with 350 rushing yards vs. the N.Y. Giants (11/9/14).
- Started all eight games played and missed eight games while on the injured reserve/designated to return list (toe) in 2013. Helped Marshawn Lynch to 14 total touchdowns (12 rush, two rec.) and helped Seattle rank fourth in the NFL in rushing (136.8 ypg). Started all three postseason games.
- Started all 15 games played in the regular season and both playoff contests in 2012, being voted as a starter to the Pro Bowl. Helped Marshawn Lynch to a career-year with 315 carries for 1,590 yards (5.0 avg.) with 11 touchdowns.
- Started the first 12 games of 2011 before being placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle suffered vs. Philadelphia (12/1). Helped Marshawn Lynch post a club record scoring at least one TD in 11 consecutive games.
- Battled ankle injuries for most of the 2010 season. Started all 10 games played and both postseason contests. Missed the first three games of the season (ankle) and made NFL debut at St. Louis (10/3/10).
COLLEGE: Played 52 games at Oklahoma State, starting final 47 contests – including last 39 at left tackle (first eight at right tackle). Part of unit that saw the Cowboys lead the Big 12 Conference in rushing in each of his four seasons in the starting line-up. An Outland Trophy finalist, garnered All-American and Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year honors, becoming OSU’s most decorated offensive lineman since former Pittsburgh Steelers standout center, Jon Kolb (1966-68). Registered 317 knock-downs with 48 touchdown-resulting blocks during his time as a starter. In final two seasons, total of 30 touchdown-resulting blocks were tops in the Big Twelve. As a senior, was an All-American first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report, Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Foundation Coaches Association. Was only offensive lineman named a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award. Allowed just one sack on 336 pass plays.
PERSONAL: Attended George Bush High . Three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com. Ranked 33rd nationally among offensive tackles and placed 71st on Rival’s Texas Top 100 list. Scout.com ranked the lineman 50th overall on the South-west Top 100 chart. Added first-team All-Greater Houston and All-District honors, along with being named to the Dallas Morning News Top 100 squad as a senior. Marketing major. Son of Dorothy Akabio and Victor Okung.