Cheta Ozougwu knows what it's like to win the Bayou Bucket and hopes the 2017 Owls will have a similar experience.
Eighth Owl drafted since 2009
January 17, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida
Cheta Ozougwu on The David Bailiff Show (Podcast)
Ozougwu's attitude catching on at Rice (Houston Chronicle, 11/27/09)
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All C-USA first team selection by league coaches... Named to the ESPN Academic All-District VI Football Team... posted a cumulative 3.41 GPA while majoring in Economics... Rice's honoree for the fall C-USA Spirit of Service awards... One of 30 candiates for the 2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in football...Named to the 2010 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Awards second team and Rice's nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team (See activities below).
Topped 100 career yards lost with 1.5 TFL for a loss of six at Tulane... Tied for second in C-USA with three forced fumbles--all on strips of the quarterback--but lost potential sacks when the loose balls were recovered ahead of the line of scrimmage... Credited with a pair of tackles for loss, including one sack, four quarterback hurries and also broke up a pass vs. Houston... Stoped the Cougars' final drive by dropping Michael Hayes for a four-yard loss on fourth down after Hayes picked up a David Piland fumble... Has been credited with his season best of six tackles three times this season.. Credited with three hurries at UTEP... Picked up a tackle for a loss of four among his six tackles vs. Northwestern... Credited with a pair of stops and a key forced fumble at North Texas... Credited with five tackles in the opener against Texas.
Earned honorable mention All C-USA honors from league coaches... Set career-highs for tackles (61), TFL (10.5) and sacks (4.5)...Ranked second among C-USA defensive linemen with 61tackles... Had 39 tackles, including eight for loss in the last six games... Recorded his first multi-sack game with a pair vs. UTEP... Tied with fellolw DE Scott Solomon for eighth in C-USA with .88 TFL per game... Recorded his first career double-figure tackle game at ECU, finishing with 10, including 2.5 for losses... Credited with three tackles vs. Tulsa to top 100 career tackles... Matched up against the Oklahoma State's All America Russell Okung (6th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft), Ozougwu was credited with eight tackles, including a pair for loss (also a career-best).
Tied with fellow end Scott Solomon for the defensive line lead with 40 tackles ... second on the team with 3.5 sacks and tied for second with six tackles for loss (both career highs) ... opened the year with 1.5 sacks in the first three games, then closed the regular season with sacks in consecutive games vs. Marshall and Houston ... had at least four tackles in eight of 12 games (missed the Vanderbilt game) ... season-best tackle effort was five vs. North Texas ... credited with four tackles and his first career sack in the opener against SMU ... forced his first career fumble on his sack but SMU recovered.
Earned honorable mention freshman All-American designation from The Sporting News and C-USA freshman honors from the conference media ... finished seventh on the team, and second among linemen, with 43 tackles, despite missing the first two games of the year with an injury ... recorded 37 of his tackles in conference action ... posted a season-high seven tackles against Memphis and also had three other games in which he was credited with six stops (Houston, Marshall, SMU) ... broke up a pass vs. Marshall ... named to the C-USA Honor Roll
Alief Taylor High School
2007 graduate of Alief Taylor High in suburban southwest Houston ... All-District 18-5A and All-Greater Houston selection for coach Tom Gerber ... also earned academic all-district honors ... member of the Houston Chronicle's Top 100 ... finished his senior year with 117 tackles, including 19 for loss (5 sacks) as Taylor reached the state playoffs ... selected to play in the 2007 Bayou Bowl against a team of all-stars from Louisiana ... also played basketball and ran track ... member of the National Honor Society and FCA while also coaching youth at the YMCA ... plays the piano.
Full Name: Chetachi Ozougwu ... born November 18, 1988 at Houston ... Parents: Aja and Josephine Ozougwu (two brothers, two sisters) ... Rice major: Economics ... Jones College.