#45 Romeo Okwara
ROMEO OKWARA’S HONORS & AWARDS
Football Bowl Subdivision Defensive Player of the Week (9.15.14)
ROMEO OKWARA’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 11, vs. Purdue, Sept. 13, 2014 (3-8)
Sacks: 1.0, at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014; Rice, Aug. 30, 2014 (1-0); Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014 (1-0)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, five times; last time at Florida State, Oct. 18, 2014
Fumbles forced: 1, at Oklahoma, Oct. 27, 2012; Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014; vs. Purdue, Sept. 13, 2014
Pass breakups: 1, at USC, Nov. 29, 2014
JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Started on the defensive line in 12 of the 13 games (played but did not start vs. Navy) … registered 39 tackles, four TFLs, four sacks, one PBU and two forced fumbles … led the team in sacks … started in the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) … registered two tackles and a sack against the Owls … collected a pair of tackles, including a sack (for a loss of 17 yards), and forced a fumble in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) … registered 11 tackles in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) … easily surpassed his previous career high for tackles in a game (had five against both Navy and Stanford in 2013) … added a half sack and a forced fumble against the Boilermakers … totaled three tackles in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) … started and played extensively but did not record a tackle in the win over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) … started and made three stops in the win over North Carolina (Oct. 11) … made two tackles, including an eight-yard sack of Jameis Winston, at No. 2 Florida State … did not start in the 49-39 victory over Navy (Nov. 1) … failed to collect any statistics against the Midshipmen … started at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) but did not record a tackle … registered an assisted tackle vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) … made three tackles against Louisville (Nov. 22) … split a sack with Jarron Jones against the Cardinals … recorded six tackles, including a season-high four solo stops, and one PBU at USC (Nov. 29) … recorded six tackles, third-best on the team, in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Played in all 13 games and made his first career start against Navy (Nov. 2) … credited with 19 tackles on the year, 10 solo and nine assisted … had 1.5 tackles for loss including a half of a sack … matched his career high with five tackles in the regular season finale at Stanford (Nov. 30) … also had five tackles in the win over Navy, including a share of his first career sack … had a TFL amongst his two tackles at Air Force (Oct. 26) … recorded single solo tackles in five games.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Appeared in all 13 games of rookie season, primarily as a special-teams contributor … registered seven tackles, four of which were unassisted … logged at least one stop in five of the final six games … posted first career tackle for loss in the win at Oklahoma (Oct. 27), forcing a fumble on the play … credited with a half tackle for loss against Wake Forest (Nov. 17).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team defensive lineman on all-Observer squad by Charlotte Observer for 2011 … considered the 13th-best player in North Carolina by 247Sports … rated 15th-best player in North Carolina by SuperPrep … ranked number-19 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com … led team with 76 tackles, 14 sacks and 27 tackles for loss, to go with 18 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a field-goal block … two-time all-Mecklenburg selection by Charlotte Observer … as junior in 2010 recorded 70 tackles, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and a blocked field goal … an allleague selection on 8-5 Ardrey Kell team as a junior … chosen to play in North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl … from same high school that produced former Irish defender Prince Shembo … moved to United States from Nigeria as sixth-grader … coached by Adam Hastings at Ardrey Kell High School … son of Julius and Melda Okwara … enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in accountancy.
Okwara’s Career Statistics