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Shock add former Giant DL Okpokowuruk

During his career at Duke, Okpokowuruk recorded 11 sacks. PHOTO COURTESY OF DUKE SPORTS INFORMATION
05/26/2011 2:37 PM -
May 26, 2011 Spokane, WA: The Spokane Shock announced today that DL Ayanga Okpokowuruk (pronounced i-YANG-guh awk-pock-uh-WAR-uck) has been added to the 2011 roster. In another roster move, Spokane released DL Lance Witherspoon.
Okpokowuruk, 6-3 260, has NFL experience as a member of the New York Giants’ practice squad (2010). Prior to his professional career, Okpokowuruk spent four seasons at Duke University. During his career as a Blue Devil, Okpokowuruk registered 108 tackles – including 19.5 for loss – with 11 sacks and two pass breakups in 47 games.
An athletic lineman, Okpokowuruk ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and recorded 29 repetitions of a 225-pound bench press on his Pro Day.
“Ayanga fits the mold of the defensive lineman we look for,” Head Coach Rob Keefe said. “He has the reach and the strength you need to be successful at his position in this league. With his NFL experience, we are looking forward to teaching him the Arena game.”  
Although the lineup for this weekend’s game has not been released, Ayanga will be eligible to play. Spokane travels to Kansas City to take on the Command for the second time this season. In their first meeting, Spokane defeated Kansas City, 61-34. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 5 PM and can be heard on ESPN 700 starting at 4:30 with the pregame show.
The Shock return home to Spokane on June 10th when they host the Philadelphia Soul for the NFL Network’s Arena Game of the Week. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting TicketsWest.


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