|28 C.J. Ugokwe
Rice-- Hard-running back who worked through a meddlesome knee injury in the middle of the season and heads into fall came ticketed for starting duty.
2008: Ran for 110 yards against Houston to top 1,000 career yards (1,034)... Topped the mark with a career-best, 47-yard run in the fourth quarter... Topped 100 yards in rushing in back-to-backgames vs. UTEP and Tulane... First Owl to have back-to-back, 100-yard game since Quinton Smith vs. ECU and UTEP in 2006... Ranks seventh in the league in rushing with 775 yards ... Has rushed for 561 yards and 5.0 per carry in eight conference games... Rushed for a career-high 111 yards on 18 carries (also a career-best) at Tulane ... Total was the best for an Owl RB since Quinton Smith ran for 115 vs. ECU in 2006... Has rushed for 556 yards in the last six games.
... Rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries in the opener against SMU as the Owls rushed for more than 200 yards for the first time in 2006.
2007: Rushed for 263 yards and led the running backs with 16 receptions for 124 yards while battling a nagging knee injury for most of the year. Opened the season as the starter and ran for a career-best 64 yards against Nicholls.... Nearly matched that two weeks later, rushing for 63 yards against Texas Tech and scoring his first career touchdown (seven yards)... injured his knee against Tech and missed the Texas, Southern Miss and Houston games... Returned to brief action against Memphis, posting a career-long run of 16 yards, and carried the ball just 14 times over the next five games before returning to extensive duty in the season finale vs. Tulsa... Ran for 45 yards on 11 carries, scored a pair of touchdowns and caught a career-high five passes for an additional 52 yards, including one for a career-best 39 yards, against the Golden Hurricane... finished the day with a career-best 97 all-purpose yards... Three rushing TDs tied Justin Hill for the team lead among running backs.
2006: Back-up to Quinton Smith at running back who saw action in 11 games on special teams and made his first collegiate carries this season... Debuted against Houston and rushed for two yards on his first career carry vs. UCLA... Carried the ball a career-high three times against Army and posted his career-best rush with a 12-yard gain on his only carry against UTEP.
High School -- 2005 graduate of Plano East High north of Dallas... Three-year starter and letterman for coach Johnny Ringo... Named to all-District 8-5A squads after all three of his varsity seasons, winning sophomore of the year honors in 2002... Rushed for 1,627 yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a senior, and had career totals of 2,626 rushing yards and 31 TDs... Three-time all-Collin County performer, taking MVP honors as a senior... The district offensive MVP in 2004... Team captain as a senior and the Panthers' most valuable player... Played in the Coca Cola High School All-Star Game... Also competed in track, helping Plano East to the district title as a junior... Second-team academic all-state and academic all-district as a senior, and was the Panthers' academic Top Cat in 2003-04... PESH's 2004 Homecoming King and the senior class vice president.
Personal -- Full Name: Chima Jideofor Ugokwe... Born: April 1, 1987, at Dallas... Parents: Ike and Henrietta Ugokwe, Plano (one brother, one sister)... Brother, Obinna Ugokwe, played football and ran track at DePauw (2002-05)... Rice major: political science.
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