New Mexico has 23 seniors ending Lobo careers Saturday at Colorado State
Nevada steps onto Branch Field Saturday with one of the more balanced run-pass attacks in the nation.
23 Lobo Seniors Will Say Goodbye to Branch Field on Saturday
New Mexico vs. Sam Houston State Saturday, September 24, 2011
NEW MEXICO: Three-year veteran on the defensive line who emerged as a team leader in 2012 ... elected team captain in 2012 ... coach Bob Davie often referred to his non-stop motor in practice as well as in games ... played in 36 games with 28 career starts at UNM ... full name is Ugochukwu (OO-go CHUK-woo) Uzodinma (OO-zo-DIN-ma)...parents Joel and Florence both hail from Nigeria...transferred from Illinois after the 2008 season and has emerged as a key contributor at UNM...former Illini and Washington D. C. Dunbar High School teammate Reggie Ellis also transferred to New Mexico in 2009 and will compete for an open DT job as well...enrolled at New Mexico in August of 2009 and provided an immediate benefit to the Lobo offense with his presence on the defensive scout team...big, powerful athlete with next-level physique who is hungry to make a name for himself on gameday...has two years of eligibility remaining...redshirted the 2008 season at Illinois.
2012 (SENIOR): Started all 13 games at defensive tackle ... finished with 32 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles ... had a season-high seven tackles with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in the season finale against Colorado State ... was second on the team with four solo tackles, and five total, against UNLV on Nov. 3 ... recorded four solo tackles (and assisted on one other) against Air Force on Oct. 20 ... notched his third tackle for a loss this season against the Falcons, which came on a 3rd and 1 play in the first quarter ... recorded one solo tackle and assisted on another in the Lobos' 35-23 win at Hawaii on Oct. 13 ... also credited with one quarterback hurry against the Warriors as he led the team with an overall grade of 87 percent and no missed assignments ... recorded two tackles, including one sack, against Southern on Sept. 1 ... his sack also resulted in a forced fumble that teammate Joseph Harris scooped up and returned 15 yards for a touchdown.
2011 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games with three starts...finished with 24 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble...had three tackles in four different games, including week two against No. 13 Arkansas where he also had a sack and a forced fumble.
2010 (SOPHOMORE): Started and played in 11 games during his first action in nearly three years...did not play against Utah in Week 3...finished the season with 27 tackles...had a great game against New Mexico State with nine tackles, two TFL, a forced fumble and a sack...finished the year with 3.5 TFL.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Washington D.C. Dunbar High School...earned honorable mention All-Metro honors from the Washington Post...recorded 72 tackles, including 12.5 quarterback sacks...posted an additional 5.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries as a senior, helping Dunbar to a 7-2 record...recorded his best game, seven tackles and two for loss, vs. Archbishop Carroll...Washington Post All-District first-team...named to the All-DCSportsfan second team...posted eight sacks as a junior.