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Entering third season, 49ers' Lawrence Okoye eyeing roster spot
|by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer|
|(5/22/15) This might finally be the year Lawrence Okoye can crack a spot on the 49ers' roster, per the Bay Area News Group.
Okoye, a former British Olympics discus thrower and rugby player, is feeling confident about his improvements and feels like his potential is worth a roster spot.
“It’s very different from the first time I came here. I’m feeling very good about things,” Okoye said Thursday while sitting at his locker. “I’m just happy I was given the opportunity to stay here so long, so I could catch up. I have a good opportunity to show what I can do.”
Okoye has worked under new head coach Jim Tomsula for two years and with Justin Smith's retirement, his emergence might be rewarded.
“You’re going to get lots of people telling you things. But the main thing is to just keep yourself motivated, despite what people say about you," Okoye said. "People will write you off. People will say this or that. Just keep yourself motivated, keep going every day and you’ll be good.”
49ers sign Lawrence Okoye to reserve/future contract
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(1/3/15) The 49ers have signed defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye to a reserve/future contract on Friday, according to Pro Football Talk.
Okoye spent all season on the team's practice squad. He missed all of 2013 due to an injury. Okoye competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics with Britian. He finished 12th in the discus throw.
Niners make flurry of moves Saturday
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(8/30/14) The 49ers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.|
Among those moves was the placement of cornerback Kenneth Acker and fullback Will Tukuafu on the injured reserve list.
San Francisco cut the following players: T Carter Bykowski, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Lance Lewis, LS Kevin McDermott, CB Darryl Morris, G Al Netter, DL Lawrence Okoye, WR Kassim Osgood, T Michael Philipp, NT Mike Purcell, G Ryan Seymour, LB Shayne Skov, RB Alfonso Smith, G Adam Snyder, S C.J. Spillman, LB Chase Thomas, S Raymond Ventrone, WR L'Damian Washington and RB Glenn Winston.
Lawrence Okoye on crutches, out of practice Saturday
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(8/9/14) 49ers defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye had X-rays taken on the ankle injury suffered in Thursday's preseason game, and CSNBayArea.com reports they came back negative.
Okoye was spotted on crutches Saturday and is not expected to practice for at least the next few days.