Oct 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash (14) avoids the rush of Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Chuka Ndulue (98) during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

OU Player Evaluation: Chuka Ndulue


Oct 13, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooner defensive end Chuka Ndulue (98) in action against the Texas Longhorns during the red river rivalry at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Chuka Ndulue, Defensive End
2013 Stats: 47 Tackles, 2.5 Sacks

Soon to be senior, Chuka Ndulue had a solid junior season. After transitioning from defensive end to defensive tackle. Nearly accumulating 50 tackles, he was involved in plenty of major plays and a menace to offensive lines on a defensive front that devastated multiple offenses.

Ndulue, didn’t play in every game this season, but had a major role in several games, including a 15 tackle performance against the Texas Longhorns. He also accumulated 5 tackles against the Crimson Tide, including half a sack.

He was part of the group of the OU defenders that turned the tide on Alabama when Geno Grissom scooped up a fumble by TJ Yeldon and ran it back blowing the doors open on route to a 45-31 victory.

Ndulue has the ability to pressure his way through opposing offensive lines with speed that most defensive tackles don’t have. He didn’t miss a beat during his transition. However, he has been susceptible to the run.

During the off season, prior to 2013 season, he was arrested for a DUI, which caused him to be suspended for the season opener against University of Louisiana Monroe. He has had no further off the field issues.

Chuka Ndulue has a year more of experience at the defensive tackle position. Shoring up the lapses against the run will be expected for the senior in the upcoming season.

 

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