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Former Carl Albert star David Oku signs with Arkansas State

by Ryan Aber Modified: May 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm •  Published: June 27, 2012


More than a year ago, former Carl Albert star running back David Oku announced his intentions to transfer from Tennessee.

Oku finally turned up again on the college football radar Wednesday, signing with Arkansas State.

He was the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country coming out of high school, according to, and chose the Volunteers over a group that included Auburn, Syracuse, Nebraska and Oklahoma State. His decision was announced more than a month after signing day in 2009.

He ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as a freshman, while also seeing time at kick returner. As a sophomore, he ran for 174 yards on 42 carries.

After missing last season, Oku is expected to be eligible to play for the Red Wolves this season.

Even after announcing his intention to transfer, Oku remained in Knoxville and was arrested last July on domestic assault charges.

As a senior at Carl Albert, Oku ran for 1,905 yards and 23 touchdowns and was named to The Oklahoman’s All-State team for the second consecutive season. Oku ran for 1,628 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior despite being slowed by ankle injuries.

He transferred to Lincoln (Neb.) East High School late in his senior year to finish his high school education.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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