Junior Tobi Okuyemi (pronounced oak-ooh-YEM-ee) made the move inside to defensvie tackle in 2012, and this season he will look to find playing time on a relatively inexperienced front four. The 6-2, 280-pound Okuyemi began his career at defensive end, but has the needed size and strength to line up on the interior.
A Minnesota native, Okuyemi was Nebraska’s first recruit from that state in six years when he signed with the Huskers in 2010.
Okuyemi was a reserve on the defensive line and saw action against Arkansas State and Idaho State. He did not have a tackle.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Okuyemi provided depth on the defensive line, but did not appear in a game.
Okuyemi redshirted and worked with the scout team defense.
Before Nebraska (Wayzata HS)
The 6-2, 260-pound Okuyemi had an impressive senior season, recording 61 total tackles, including 32 unassisted stops. A disruptive force in opposing backfields, Okuyemi had 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks, helping Coach Brad Anderson's team to a 9-2 record and a trip to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. Okuyemi's play earned him first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press and the Minnesota Coaches Association. He was also a first-team all-conference pick and first-team all-metro selection in 2009.
During his junior season, Okuyemi had 58 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, and nine sacks. For his efforts, he was an honorable-mention all-state selection, while earning first-team all-conference and first-team all-metro accolades. Rivals.com ranked Okuyemi among the top five players in the state of Minnesota, while Scout.com ranked him among the top 40 defensive end prospects in the nation. He was also among the top 70 players in the Midwest region according to SuperPrep Magazine.
Okuyemi only visited Nebraska, but had numerous other offers, including Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State.
Tobi is the son of Kola and Funke Okuyemi and was born on Sept. 23, 1991. He is majoring in psychology. He has volunteered time with Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.