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Who Is Uchenna Nwosu?

This season Trojans Senior Linebacker Uchenna Nwosu has been a huge part to the USC defense. We learn a little bit more about the senior captain.

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Uchenna Nwosu has been an absolute force for USC on defense. He has been one of the more efficient linebackers for the Trojans the last four games. However, there are some who don’t know about the senior outside linebacker and ask where did Uchenna Nwosu come from? We have that answer for you on who he is and what he’s all about.

Uchenna Nwosu never had the idea to play football until his sophomore year at Narbonne High School, in Torrance, California. He spent his sophomore year at the JV level and his junior year as a backup, which meant he had to make up some ground to really get noticed. In 2013 he started his senior year for Narboone, USC’s interm coach at the time Ed Orgeron offered Nwosu a scholarship to play for the Trojans, however it was Steve Sarkisian who honored the scholarship when he became head coach.

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During his freshman season at USC, Nwosu came close to losing it all. He was suspended before the 2014 Holiday Bowl for fighting another teammate. The following semester he did not enroll into classes, allowing for him to think about things and clear his head. Last season Nwosu became a dependable part of the USC defense, accounting for 50 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He also played a key part in USC’s comeback victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

So far you could say that Nwosu has been the Trojans MVP. He has been all over the lace, from disrupting the backfield, deflecting passes, sacking the quarterback, you name it. Nwosu has also caught the attention of NFL scouts and is seeing his draft stock rise with his performance thus far. If anything, the senior linebacker has been the key to the USC defense.