Defensive Team Captain
UW This Season: On the preseason Bronko Nagurski Award Watch as the top defensive player in the country. Lindy's magazine listed him as the 18th best outside linebacker in the country. Could become one of the most feared defenders in the MWC this season. Returns as the Cowboys' sack leader. Chosen as one of the 2000 captains by his teammates. He also was selected by the Wyoming coaching staff as the Defensive Most Valuable Player during 2000 spring drills. An outstanding leader. Because of his athleticism is one of the premier players in the league this season. Outstanding athletic ability. One of the most athletic on the defense. There is no question he is a key to the success of the Cowboy defense. Made huge strides during spring ball technique-wise. If he can remain healthy, and continues to improve his mental toughness, he could be one of the very best the Cowboys have produced along the defensive line. Is the Cowboy starter at the Bandit position. Another one of the Texas players who have contributed so much to the Wyoming defense. Has a great blend of speed and power and with so much playing time the last three seasons could be one of the best defensive ends/linebackers in the league this season. Very impressive in the weight room.
1999: Chukwurah earned Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors in '99. Had an outstanding junior year finishing third on the team in total tackles with 90. Led the team in sacks with nine for 69 yards in losses. Also had 14 tackles for losses of 63 yards. He had one pass interception for a 60-yard touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe. He also forced four fumbles, had six quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble. The four forced fumbles led the Mountain West. Was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week after making 13 tackles, 2 sacks for minus 16 yards and forcing two fumbles against Brigham Young. Led team in QB sacks for 1999 with nine which was third in the league. Heading into the season he is Wyoming's leading returning tackler, and has started 20 consecutive games.
1998: An Honorable Mention All-Conference performer as a sophomore. Led the Cowboys in quarterback sacks in '98 with 7.0 for a minus 51 yards. He also led the team in tackles for losses with 11 for a minus 29 yards. Started the last nine games of his sophomore season at bandit.
1997: Played in 12 games as a true freshman and was an impact player. Had three tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks. Finished the season seated at number two on the depth chart at the bandit position behind Pat Hirsch.
High School: An Honorable-Mention All-State performer at defensive end/outside linebacker. He was a unanimous All-District selection as a senior. Chukwurah also was named First Team All-District and First Team All- City. He ranked third on his team with 90 total tackles, was first in sacks with ten and tackles for loss with 13. He also had one interception return for a touchdown , two fumble recoveries, two fumbles caused, three passes broken up, and blocked one field goal which he picked up and returned for a touchdown. His team posted a 9-2 record his senior season, losing in the first round of the district playoffs. He was coached in high school by Johnny Ringo. Was recruited by Kansas State, North Texas State, NE Louisiana and Sam Houston State.
Personal: Born March 1, 1979, in Nigeria. The son of Patricia Odiachi and Chris Chukwurah, Patrick has one brother, Chris. Majoring in psychology.
PATRICK CHUKWURAH CAREER STATISTICS
SACKS/ TFL/ INT/ YEAR G UT AT TT YDS YDS FF FR PBU YDS 1997 12 11 7 18 4/27 3/15 1 0 0 0/0 1998 11 21 16 37 7/51 11/29 1 0 0 0/0 1999 11 51 39 90 9/69 14/63 4 1 0 1/60 Totals 34 83 62 145 20/147 28/107 1 0 1/60