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Okoye First Kentucky Player Drafted

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - University of Louisville defensive lineman Amobi Okoye has a new job.

The 19-year-old Okoye was selected by the Houston Texans with
the 10th selection of Saturday's Draft.

The Nigerian-born Okoye became one of the nation's top defensive players this year, finishing with 55 tackles and eight sacks. He was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press.

The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Okoye is among the youngest players ever selected in the draft and could be the youngest player ever to see action in a regular season game if he's healthy when the 2007 season begins in September.

Okoye came to the U.S. at the age of 12 and tested his way into high school. He needed just three-and-a-half years to graduate from college, earning his degree in psychology in December.

Fellow Louisville Cardinal, running back Michael Bush, also spent Saturday waiting to hear his name called in the seven-round selection process.

The highly regarded Bush broke his leg in Louisville's season-opener against Kentucky in September. He was coming off a junior season in which he ran for 1,143 yards and an NCAA-leading 23 touchdowns.

Before being hurt, the 6-foot-1, 251-pound Bush was noted for running with both power and speed, while also being a capable receiver. He actually came to Louisville as a quarterback.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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