Joe Okon
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    Joe Okon

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Arlington Heights, Ill.

    High School:
    Rolling Meadows

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 241

    Position:
    ILB

    Birthdate:
    05/12/1990

    Experience:
    5th


    02/16/2013

    Football holds annual year-end banquet

    Pruitt, Boatright earn offensive and defensive MVP

    11/28/2012

    Salukis place 4 on MVFC All-Academic Teams

    Punter Austin Pucylowski earned first-team honors while offensive lineman Corey Boemer, linebacker Joe Okon and long snapper Jason Stegman each made the second team.

    09/22/2012

    Football outlasts Missouri State, 14-6

    Emmanuel Souarin returned an INT for a touchdown in the first quarter.

    09/17/2012

    Football travels to Missouri State for MVFC opener

    Salukis have won nine of last 10 conference openers

    09/10/2012

    Football hosts SEMO in home opener

    Salukis have won 10 straight home openers

    Joe Okon Photos

    2012 (Senior)
    2012 Game-by-Game
    Started all 11 games...Second on the team with 66 tackles...Had a season-best 10 tackles at No. 1 North Dakota State...Recorded 2.0 tackles for loss...Forced a fumble against South Dakota State...Recovered a fumble against Eastern Illinois...MVFC second-team All-Acadmic selection...Led a defense that recorded two shutout victories...Helped lead defense that finished 10th nationally in rushing defense (111.27 yards/game)...Team captain...Received the MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which re­quires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters.

    2011 (Junior)
    Second-team Academic All-Conference selection... Started 10 of 11 games on the season...Finished third on the team with 49 tackles...Finished fourth on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss...Season-high eight tackles against Illinois State...Team linebacker MVP...Earned the MVFC's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA in the previous two semesters.

    2010 (Sophomore)
    Started in all 11 games at inside linebacker...Finished second on the team with 71 tackles...Had 6.5 tackles for a loss, five quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery...Intercepted one pass against Indiana State and returned it 19 yards...Had seven tackles, including a personal best three tackles for a loss at Youngstown State, Sept. 25...Recorded a career-high 13 tackles against South Dakota State, which was the most by a Saluki in two years...10 of his 13 stops against the Jacks were solo efforts...Had seven or more tackles in six games...Was SIU's Defensive Player of the Game for the Sept. 11 contest at Illinois...Was a two-time recipient of the team's weekly Lunch Pail Award that goes to the defensive player who best exemplifies unselfish, blue collar play...Named to the MVFC Academic Honor Roll..

    2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
    Named to the conference's academic honor roll...Played in six games...Had 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a half sack

    2008 (Freshman)
    Redshirted.

    High School
    Illinois High School Coaches Association 7A all-state and first-team all-conference in 2007...Mid Suburban League Defensive Player-of-the-Year, second-team Chicago Tribune all-state, Pioneer Press Defensive Player-of-the-Year and Walter Payton Roundhouse Suburban East Player-of-the-Year...Most Valuable Defensive Player on the team...Two-year letterman in basketball and track.

    Personal
    Born May 12, 1990, in Park Ridge, Ill...Son of James and Katherine Okon...Father is a salesman, mother is a housewife...Psychology maj

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