Honors & Awards
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2011)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
Junior Collins Okafor enters the 2011 season with a goal of earning playing time at the I-back spot behind Rex Burkhead. The battle for game action behind Burkhead is wide open, and the 6-1, 225-pound Okafor is one of the more experienced players vying for time. An Omaha native, Okafor is a standout in the classroom where he majors in biological sciences.
Okafor added depth behind Roy Helu Jr. and Burkhead. Okafor played in the opener against Western Kentucky and had a two-yard carry.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
Okafor provided depth at I-back and saw action against Louisiana-Lafayette. He had one carry for nine yards in the game.
Okafor redshirted and worked with the scout team offense.
Before Nebraska (Westside HS)
Okafor was one of the first players to join the 2008 Nebraska signing class, committing to the Huskers during his junior season at Omaha Westside High School. He was one of six in-state products in the 2008 Husker class, and was the first scholarship signee from Westside since 2000.
Okafor earned first-team All-Nebraska honors from the Omaha World-Herald and first-team Super-State accolades from the Lincoln Journal Star each of his final two seasons. In his final year, Okafor rushed for 1,525 yards on 205 carries and found the end zone 17 times for Coach Marty Kauffman. Okafor's play helped Westside to a 7-3 record and a trip to the state playoffs.
During his junior season in 2006, Okafor was the driving force behind the Warriors' trip to the Class A state championship game and a 12-1 record. Okafor rushed for 1,850 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns, while also compiling 389 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions.
Okafor was ranked as one of the top five players in the state by Rivals.com and
Scout.com and among the top 25 players in the Midlands Region by SuperPrep Magazine. Okafor also excelled on the track for Westside, qualifying for the state meet as a junior in the 100 meters, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay. Okafor chose Nebraska over Stanford, Kansas and Iowa.
Collins is the son of Napoleon Okafor and Pat Okon Okafor and was born on June 6, 1989. He has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times.