We are now sitting at 31 days left in our countdown to kickoff, and oh boy have we got a fun one for you today, folks. His name is fun to (attempt to) say, but his game is even more fun to watch. He’s hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, but most Oklahoma Sooners fans know him simply as Obo.
To put it mildly, the redshirt senior from Houston, Texas is a nightmare match-up for opposing offenses. At 6’1” and 240 pounds he’s built like a tank, but don’t be fooled, he’ll rush and spin right around an offensive tackle faster than you can say Boomer Sooner. And while he’s an undeniable terror in the backfield, OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops isn’t afraid to drop him into coverage against receivers. The versatility in his skill set is what makes Obo the impact player he is.
Last season was Obo’s first as a starter, and he absolutely showed why the coaches and his teammates were so high on him during the spring and fall camps. Obo finished the year with 12 tackles for loss (9 of those being sacks), 3 pass breakups and 2 forced fumbles, with each of the forced fumbles coming against rivals UT and OSU.
Going into his fifth and final year at OU, Obo stands to be one of the central leaders on defense, as is the case with any veteran playmaker. If Obo continues to wreak havoc against the opposition, the Sooners should see a considerable defensive rebound in 2017.
Here’s some of what Obo had to say about the upcoming season at Big 12 Media Days last month:
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo at Big 12 Media DaysPosted by Crimson And Cream Machine on Monday, July 17, 2017