Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

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Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
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Okoronkwo in 2017
No. 45 – Los Angeles Rams
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1995-04-24) April 24, 1995 (age 23)
Gainesville, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school: Alief Taylor (Houston, Texas)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2018  / Round: 5 / Pick: 160
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Ogbonnia "Obo" Okoronkwo (born April 24, 1995) is an American football outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma.

American football Team field sport

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Early years

Ogbonnia was born in Gainesville, Florida. He is of Nigerian descent. [1]

Gainesville, Florida City in Florida, United States

Gainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County, Florida, United States, and the principal city of the Gainesville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The population of Gainesville in the 2017 US Census estimates was 132,249, a 6.4% growth from 2010. Gainesville is the largest city in the region of North Central Florida. It is also a component of the Gainesville-Lake City Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2013 population of 337,925.

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular country.

College career

As a junior in 2016, Okoronkwo had 71 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and nine sacks. [2] As a senior in 2017, he won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was named an All-American while recording 75 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and eight sacks. [3] [4]

Coaches of the Big 12 Conference bestow the following individual awards at the end of each football season.

Professional career

Okoronkwo was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round (160th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft. [5] He was placed on the physically unable to perform list to start the 2018 season due to foot surgery he had in May. [6] [7] He was activated off PUP on November 5, 2018. [8]

2018 NFL Draft

The 2018 NFL Draft was the 83rd annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players for the 2018 NFL season. The draft was held on April 26–28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and was the first draft to take place in an NFL stadium and the first to be held in Texas, which won out in a fourteen-city bid. In order to be eligible to enter the draft, players must be at least three years removed from high school. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft was January 15, 2018.

Physically unable to perform (PUP) is a designation used in the National Football League for players who suffer from football-related injuries during the preseason. Players on the PUP list may participate in team meetings, and take advantage of the training and medical facilities, but cannot practice with the team. There are two separate PUP lists: a preseason PUP list and a regular-season PUP list.

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References

  1. "Nigeria dominates Africa's 2018 NFL draftee list". ESPN. April 23, 2018. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  2. Stavenhagen, Cody (September 13, 2017). "OU football: Why NFL analysts are taking notice of Ogbonnia Okoronkwo". Tulsa World. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  3. Palmateer, Tyler (November 30, 2017). "Four OU players earn Big 12 honors, six make all-conference first team". The Norman Transcript. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. Daniel, Cody (December 8, 2017). "Ogbonnia Okoronkwo honored as AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year". Springfield News-Sun. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  5. "Los Angeles Rams trade up to #160, select Oklahoma EDGE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo". TurfShowTimes.com. April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  6. "Rams rookie Ogbonnia Okoronkwo likely to start season on PUP list". Rams Wire. USA Today. August 27, 2018.
  7. "Rams Make Final Round of Cuts". TheRams.com. September 1, 2018.
  8. Simmons, Myles (November 5, 2018). "Rams Activate Okoronkwo to Active Roster". TheRams.com.