- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Wake Forest cornerback Kenny Okoro has spent the past four seasons making a name for himself as the Deacs' most experienced starter.
This year, he decided to change that name.
Okoro will go by his given name, Chibuikem Okoro, in 2012.
“My parents are descendants from Nigeria,” Okoro said in a statement. “The name is pronounced ‘CHIBY-kem.’ It means ‘God is my strength.’ As a child, I shied away from using it. But over the past couple months, I’ve re-dedicated myself and gotten more in touch with my religious side. Having a name that means ‘God is my strength,’ I don’t know why I wouldn’t want to be called that.”
Okoro, a fifth-year senior, leads the team with 29 career starts. His 115 career tackles are second only to teammate Joey Ehrmann (121) in career stops.
Last year, Okoro started all 13 games at corner and ranked second on the team with nine pass breakups. He sealed Wake Forest’s 24-23 win at Duke last fall by intercepting Sean Renfree on the final play of the game. As a sophomore in 2010, Okoro led the team with five pass breakups and returned a blocked PAT for two points against Presbyterian, the first defensive two-point conversion in school history. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Okoro intercepted Stanford’s Andrew Luck in the first quarter of Wake Forest’s 24-17 win over the Cardinal at BB&T Field.
Okoro has certainly accomplished enough for the Demon Deacons' defense that it's about time everyone got on a first-name basis with him.
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