Former UB offensive lineman Gokhan Ozkan will be attending the upcoming New York Jets mini camp in an attempt to become the first UB lineman in the NFL since Jamie Richard was drafted in 2006.
Born in Turkey Gio came to America when he was 6 years old. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and went to Bishop Ford HS in Brooklyn, his father paid the bills with one of the most thankless jobs in the world, a New York Taxi driver.
This past season the 6'6", 320 pound lineman helped prove the worth of a solid lineman. Injuries plagued the UB backfield but no matter who the Bulls had in the backfield the UB running game got the job done. It was Oliver, then Devon Campbell, then Brandon Murie. Heck the UB offensive line made backup full backs turn into effective runners.
Athlon Sports nominated Gio for the 2012 All-MAC Team - Second Team Offense.
Should Gio makes it through to the NFL roster he will be the 2nd NFL player of Turkish descent to ever play in the NFL.. He will also be the second UB Bull to end up as a New York Jet, the first was the legendary Gerry Philbin.