The Basics

Jamize Olawale was born on April 17, 1989 in San Francisco. Olawale went to three high schools: Long Beach Poly High School, De La Salle High School, and St. Ignatius College Preparatory.

College Days

Olawale attended El Camino College in California and played football as a tight end for two seasons. While at El Camino, he had 15 receptions for 338 yards and three touchdowns.

As a junior, he wrapped up his college football career at the University of North Texas, where he played tight end for the Mean Green. He had an impressive seven receptions for 79 yards. As a senior, he was moved to wide receiver, where he played in eight games and had two interceptions for nine yards.

Brett Vito from the Denton Record-Chronicle gave a scouting report of all the North Texas alumni in the NFL before last season (2017/2018 season).

This is what he had to say about Jamize Olawale:

“Olawale played wide receivers for UNT before finding his calling in the NFL as a fullback. He went undrafted, but caught the eyes of NFL teams who were willing to give him a shot because of his size and athleticism. He scored three touchdowns last season.”

NFL Career

Jamize was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an Undrafted Rookie Free Agent on May 14, 2012. He attended training camp and was waived on August 31, 2012. The following day, on September 1, 2012, the Dallas Cowboys signed Jamize to their Practice Squad. On December 4, 2012, the Oakland Raiders signed Jamize off the Cowboys’ Practice Squad. On December 16, 2012, the Raiders activated Jamize to the game-day roster and he played his first NFL game versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Jamzie would go on to play six seasons with the Raiders. Following the 2016 NFL Season, Jamize was named as an alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. On March 20, 2018, Oakland traded Jamize and a 6th round pick to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the Raiders, Olawale became an important special teams player. In 2013, he had eight special teams tackles (third on the team). He also had seven receptions for 63 yards in the 2013 season. In 2014, he led the Raiders with 14 special teams tackles. On December 21, 2014, Olawale scored his first professional touchdown against the Buffalo Bills. In the next game, he had another receiving touchdown, this time against the Denver Broncos. His 2014 season ended successfully with five receptions for 18 yards and two touchdowns.

On December 8, 2015, he was signed for a three-year contract extension. He finished the 2015 season with 10 special teams tackles, which was the highest on the team. He also had 24 carries for 110 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and nine receptions for 84 yards. On November 21, 2016, against the Houston Texans, he had a 75-yard receiving touchdown from quarterback Derek Carr in the 27–20 victory at Azteca Stadium. He finished the 2016 season with: 17 carries for 47 rushing yards, 12 receptions for 227 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. In the 2017 season he had nine rushes for 43 yards and a rushing touchdown with six receptions for 33 receiving yards.

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