A closer look at Fresno State inside linebacker Tobenna Okeke.
▪ Year: Sophomore
▪ Height/weight: 6-2/237
▪ Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
▪ High school: Elkins
▪ 2014 review: Played in 13 of Bulldogs’ 14 games as true freshman, picking up first career tackle against Utah. … First career sack came against San Diego State. … Finished season with five tackles (2.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks.
▪ What they’re saying: “He’s done a great job developing himself as a football player. It started with the offseason and he’s gained great weight and great strength. It’s made his athleticism increase. He’s worked on his pass rush ability. He’s been a great student … he’s just a well-rounded guy. We can really set high expectations for that guy because there are no distractions for him. He’s built his body up, so he’s ready to play. We’re expecting that guy to give us an every-down football player. We feel we can put him in first, second, third down. I feel he can be in there and stop the run and be physical. Feel like he’s going to pass rush and he’s just 18 years old. He has a high ceiling and a lot of good years left.” — defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Nick Toth
▪ Okeke on 2015 outlook: “I want to be an all-conference player this year and step up. In the past year I played a little but now I know the whole defense. Help my team any way I can, honestly. It’s going to be a great season I feel like. We’re all excited for the season.”