On Okanlawon: Veteran cornerback who appeared in 38 games and made 27 starts in his four-year career … came on in his senior season to post the best year of his career … was the Terrapins’ top cover corner when healthy in 2001 … finished his career with six interceptions (five in ’01) and 26 pass break-ups … has surprising strength (340-lb. bench) … an Iron Terp … an all-around athlete with solid cover skills.
2001 (Senior): A seven-game starter who also earned the starting nod in the Orange Bowl … finished the season with five interceptions and 10 PBUs … missed the regular season’s final four games due to medical reasons ... a first team All-ACC selection despite missing the four games … (vs. GaTech) had perhaps the finest game of his career ... covered the Georgia Tech receivers like a blanket ... had his team-best and then ACC leading fifth interception of the season ... tied a season-high with seven tackles and also forced a fumble ... recorded three pass breakups ... (vs. UVa) recorded his fourth interception of the season and had a 34-yard return on the play ... was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his efforts ... also made three tackles and defended a team-high four passes on the afternoon ... one of the pass breakups came in the end zone on a fade pass to UVa’s Billy McMullen ... (vs. WVU) started at corner and finished with six tackles and an interception ... also defended three passes ... (vs. WFU) Starter at cornerback and was in on seven tackles ... (vs. EMU) intercepted his second pass of the season with an over-the-shoulder catch ... (vs. UNC) Picked off Ronald Curry (his second career interception) and was in on seven tackles ... tallied five solo stops ... also broke up two passes.
2000 (Junior): An 11-game starter at cornerback … totaled 40 tackles on the season, including 32 solos … averaged 3.6 tackles per game … finished second to free safety Shawn Forte in pass breakups, with six … had his first career interception (vs. Virginia) … season-high eight tackles (six solos) in season finale vs. Georgia Tech … six tackles (five solos) in opener vs. Temple … named the Terps’ most improved performer during 2000 spring drills.
1999 (Sophomore): Starter in three games who played in nine total after returning from a nagging hamstring injury suffered in fall camp … 26 solo tackles, 31 total … had three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
1998 (Freshman): Started six games as a true freshman … played in all 11 contests … 39 tackles was fourth in the Terp secondary … also had three breakups and forced a fumble … six tackles against Georgia Tech in Baltimore, and eight in each of final games vs. Duke and NC State.
High School: A 1998 graduate of DeMatha High School ... named first team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, All-Prince George’s County, second team All-Met by the Washington Post and honorable mention All-American by USA Today as a senior in 1997 ... helped his high school team to an 11-1 record as a senior ... recorded five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and also returned a punt for a TD ... caught two TD passes at the wide receiver position ... as a junior in 1996, he had four interceptions in helping the Stags to an 8-2 mark ... was a member of the track team that set the school record in the 4x100 meter relay (42.6) ... high school coach was Bill McGregor.
Personal: Anthony A. Okanlawon was born March 4, 1979 ... son of Bodunrin and Toye Okanlawon ... born in Lagos, Nigeria ... last name is pronounced “oh-KAHN-luh-wahn” ... majoring in family studies … named a Maryland scholar-athlete in 2000.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks Int 1998 11-6 30 9 39/3.6 0-0 0.0-0 0-0 1999 9-3 26 5 31/3.4 2-2 0.0-0 0-0 2000 11-11 32 8 40/3.6 0-0 0.0-0 1-0 2001 7-7 25 7 32/4.6 0-0 0.0-0 5-60 Totals 38-27 106 35 141/3.7 2-2 0.0-0 6-60