Baylor’s defensive line will be anchored by Shawn Oakman, a player with unusual physical gifts at 6-9, 275 pounds. As a defensive end in 2013, he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 in his first season for the Bears and enters the 2014 season on the Bednarik, Nagurski and Rotary Lombard awards watch lists. Came to Baylor after originally starting career at Penn State in 2011. He recorded 12.5 tackles for loss and had two sacks in his first year on the field for Baylor in 2013. With that experience under his belt, Oakman has a chance to battle for not only Big 12 honors, but national honors as well with a big 2014.
Was a two-sport star at Penn Wood High School in Landsdowne, Pa., having been a four-year starter on the basketball team in addition to his duties as a defensive lineman and tight end on the football field. He was listed as the eighth-best prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com and was a first-team all-state selection as a senior. Tallied 80 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 16 sacks as a senior and had 116 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior. Was a member of the state champion basketball team as a junior and the state runners-up his senior year.
Redshirted as a true freshman at Penn State before transferring to Baylor in the summer of 2012, where he was forced to sit out another year due to NCAA transfer requirements. In 2013, he played in all 13 games as a reserve, totally 33 tackles and forcing two fumbles. Used his long wingspan to record two quarterback hurries. Exited 2014 spring practice as a starter on the depth chart and is getting plenty of preseason all-league notice.
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