MINERS

James Olalekan
91  James Olalekan

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Texas City, Texas

High School:
Texas City

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 270

Position:
DL

Experience:
3L

2007 (JUNIOR): Started all 11 games he played in at left tackle ... contributed 23 stops and a half-sack (against East Carolina) ... posted his season-best five tackles against New Mexico ... had four stops versus ECU.

2006 (SOPHOMORE): Gained reserve playing time in all 12 games ... totaled 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, one sack and a fumble recovery ... season-high three stops came at Houston ... had two tackles in three games (New Mexico State, at Tulsa, Rice) ... sacked New Mexico State quarterback Chase Holbrook and recovered a fumble at UAB.

2005 (FRESHMAN): Played in 11 of 12 games ... one of two true freshmen to see action for the Miners ... posted nine tackles (three solo) and two tackles for losses (four yards) ... season-best two tackles in three games (Houston, at SMU, Toledo) ... had a tackle for loss against the Cougars and the Mustangs.

PRIOR TO UTEP: First team All-County and All-District 23-4A choice as a senior at Texas City High School ... also selected the team defensive lineman of the year after totaling 65 tackles, five sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, 17 tackles for losses, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pass break-up in 2004 ... first team All-District and second team All-County tight end in 2003 ... registered three catches for 24 yards and a touchdown, primarily in a blocking role ... helped Texas City High School to 8-3 records each of the last two years ... three-year varsity letterwinner for coach Tim Finn ... also competed in power-lifting and track, throwing the shot put and discus ... chosen the Outstanding Student of the Year by the Optimist Club.

PERSONAL: Mother is Sonia Moses ... has one brother ... cousin, Marcel Moses, plays football at Midwestern State ... full name is James Ola Olalekan ... pronounced Ola-la-khan ... born 5/31/87 (Galveston, Texas) ... criminal justice major.