|99 George Chukwu
Rice --Spirited leader along the defensive line who made a total of 31 career starts.
2007: Led the interior linemen with 29 tackles, including six for losses... led the team with a pair of blocked extra points... Matched his career-high (Navy 2005) with five tackles against UTEP, including three for losses of 10 yards, as well as a blocked PAT... Matched his career-best total as well against Tulane.... Blocked his second PAT of the year against Tulsa, and Brandon King returned it for two points... Second among all defensive linemen with six tackles for loss... Made 31 career starts along the Owls defensive front and has played in 47 career games (most on the team)... Selected to play in the Texas vs. The Nation All Star Game, held in February in El Paso.
2006: Teamed with Courtney Gordon to give the Owls solid play at both defensive end slots... Also saw spot duty at MLB during the Tulsa game... Honorable Mention All C-USA by the league's coaches .... Started all 13 games this year and 17 straight overall, making him the most experieced member of the defensive front... Finished second on the interior line with 29 tackles (20 primaries) and established a career-high with eight tackles for loss, including his first career sack against SMU. Dropped SMU quarterback Justin Willis for a loss of seven with less than two minutes left to help thwart the Mustangs' last drive of the day... Finished the SMU game with four tackles, tying his season best, three of them for losses of 11 yards... Came into 2006 with just 3.5 career tackles for loss... Credited with at least ½ tackle for loss in seven of 13 games.
2005: Played in all 11 games with six starts on the interior D-line (two at tackle, four at noseguard)... Had 30 tackles (18 primary) on the season, including 1.5 for three yards in losses... Had a career-best five tackles against Navy and again at Houston... Had one pass deflection against UCF.
2004: Played in all 11 games as a reserve defensive lineman to earn his first letter... Credited with 14 tackles (10 primary), including two for four yards in losses... Had his TFLs against San Jose State and Fresno State... Had a career-high three tackles at Navy.
Other Rice Athletics: Competed for the Owls during the 2004-05 indoor track seasons in the shot put... Had a best throw of 45-5¾ as a freshman.
High School -- 2003 graduate of George H.W. Bush High in suburban southwest Houston... Two-way star for coach Scott Moehling... Won all-District 20-5A honors as a senior defensive lineman for the Broncos in 2002, the school's first year of varsity football competition... Helped the new varsity program win three games... Led the team in quarterback sacks... Named as Bush's outstanding offensive and defensive lineman by his teammates... Three-year letterman in track and field... Regional qualifier in the discus.
Personal -- Full name: George C. Chukwu (CHU-ku)... Born: Jan. 7, 1985, at Houston... Parents: Godfrey and Gracie Chukwu, Houston (one brother and one sister)... Rice Majors: environmental engineering and health sciences.
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