2017 NFL Draft

Emmanuel Acho, OLB

School: Texas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Dallas, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 238 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Browns' drafts: Round 6/204 - Emmanuel Acho, LB, 6-1, 238, Texas...Acho led the Longhorns with 131 tackles and had 14.5 tackles for loss in 2011. He plays outside linebacker. - The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - At about this time last year, former Texas linebacker Sam Acho was eagerly awaiting draft day and would be eventually chosen by The Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round. Now, his younger brother, Emmanuel, is playing the same waiting game. But don't feel too bad for Emmanuel. He's gotten some help from his big brother along the way. "He helped me understand what was going to happen, so nothing shocked me," Acho said. "As I put it, he gave me the answers to the test before I had to take it. I was not surprised by anything." Acho knew how to prepare for the physical and mental examinations that teams gave him throughout this process and during the NFL Combine. Although Emmanuel partially tore his quadricep while running the 40-yard dash, he felt he did enough to stand out to the coaches. But Emmanuel isn't stressing about who picks him on draft day or where he will go next year. "In talking to my brother who went through the process last year, he told me not to worry where I got picked but just to get in the door," Acho said. "As soon as you get in the door, which is the NFL, then you worry about making a team." Emmanuel knows that once he is drafted, there is still a lot of work to be done. But he feels that his versatility and high football IQ will help him come draft day. He said he doesn't know if coaches have seen him play at the middle linebacker position enough. But they definitely know he can play outside linebacker. "Where you get drafted is more like stars coming out of high school; it is all about pride," Acho said. "Once you are there, everyone is on a level playing field." - Lauren Giudice, UT The Daily Texan

03/21/2012 - Texas Pro Day: The "other" linebacker for the Longhorns Emmanuel Acho posted similar results at the Combine with 4.76 40-yard dash, 35.5" vertical jump and 9'10" broad jump. However he was still recovering from a pulled quad muscle he suffered during Combine workouts and wasn't 100%, sticking with his numbers from Indy. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/21/2012 - Sam Acho long has been there for his younger brother. But Sam's rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals might have benefited Emmanuel more than anything Sam has ever done for his sibling. Despite being only a fourth-round draft pick, Sam made 10 starts, had 40 tackles, seven sacks and four forced fumbles last season for the Cardinals. "That was a lot of my motivation last year," Sam said Tuesday. "Obviously, I wanted to play to the best of my ability and be my best on the field and give more to God, because that's why I feel he created me. But in addition to that, I realized that if I played better, that helped out Emmanuel." Emmanuel's time is coming. The outside linebacker did position drills for scouts at Texas' Pro Day on Tuesday despite tearing his right quadriceps last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. At the combine, Acho had a 35 1/2-inch vertical with 24 reps in the 225-pounds bench press and a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump. He ran a 4.73 in the 40-yard dash before injuring himself on his second 40 attempt in Indianapolis. "I tried to put it in fifth gear and found out I only had four," Emmanuel Acho said. "... I was very thankful that God gave me the chance to come out here and be injury-free [at the Pro Day], or be pain-free at least, and I was able to show that I'm still fluid, even though I wasn't 100 percent. I believe I looked close to it." For the first time since 2000, the Longhorns might not have a player selected in the first three rounds. Acho is projected as a fifth-rounder. - Charean Williams, The Fort Worth Star Telegram

03/20/2012 - Earlier this month, four Texas players had the opportunity to show NFL teams their potential at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. But now they, along with more Longhorn NFL hopefuls, will be able to show their athletic potential at Texas' annual pro timing day. Today Emmanuel Acho, Kheeston Randall and Keenan Robinson will be able to continue their journey to the draft as they participate in drills. But players who weren't invited to the combine will be able to show scouts what they can do. Running back Fozzy Whittaker was also at the combine, but due to his season-ending injury that he suffered while playing Missouri, he was not able to participate in many of the events. He is still recovering from the injury and will be limited in today's events. Linebacker Emmanuel Acho was one of the top linebacker performers in the 40-yard dash and broad jump at the combine. But, he pulled a muscle in his quad during his second attempt at the 40-yard dash and was unable to compete in the rest of the drills. "My initial plan was to come back to Austin and prepare for pro day in Austin, but since I did pull my quad muscle, I will stay here in Arizona until I am 100 percent, or until pro day," Acho said last week. "Then I will go to Austin for pro day, compete at pro day, and then stay in Austin and travel from there to different team visits until the draft." - Tamir Kalifa, UT The Daily Texan

03/20/2012 - After Emmanuel Acho pulled a quadriceps muscle at last month's NFL scouting combine, one of the first people he spoke to was his big brother. Who else? Sam Acho, a fourth-round draft pick last year who had an outstanding rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals, has always been there for his younger brother - first at St. Mark's High School in Dallas, then at Texas, where he was a defensive end and Emmanuel a linebacker. And as Emmanuel now attempts to follow his brother to the NFL - the process continues today, when the Longhorns conduct their pro day for NFL brass and scouts - Sam remains a big part of his life. "He's been invaluable to me," said Emmanuel Acho, the outside linebacker who led Texas last year with 131 tackles and 18 quarterback hurries. Acho will be one of about 15 Longhorns likely to work out for NFL scouts, coaches and personnel officials. The routine consists of morning tests in various events such as the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jumps, 225-pound bench press repetitions, etc., followed by position-specific field drills in the afternoon. Today's pro day, which is not open to the public, will be held in Texas' practice bubble. The Longhorns didn't have a player taken in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft and aren't expected to have one this year either. The last time Texas went consecutive years without a first-rounder was 1993-94. - Randy Riggs, The Austin American-Statesman

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Emmanuel Acho, Texas, Sr., has been selected All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. - Mack Brown Texas football

11/23/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Texas at Texas A&M, Nov. 24 It seems hard to believe that this will really be the last game between the two most prominent programs in the Lone Star State, but it's the last one currently scheduled. That will add higher stakes to what's already one of the most intense rivalries in sports. KEYS TO THE GAME: Score some points. The defense has been great, but it's unreasonable to expect it to hold opponents under 10 points to have a chance to win. Texas may not have the best quarterback situation in the world and its running backs are banged up, but it's still loaded with talent and those talented players have to start finding the end zone. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Emmanuel Acho has had a monster senior season, with 12 tackles last week against Kansas State. He's been in double figures in eight of the 10 games this season. - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - 2011 LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Emmanuel Acho, Linebacker, Texas, is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for excellence both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release. - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

07/18/2011 - 2011 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Emmanuel Acho, Texas, has been selected one of 51 linebackers named to the 2011 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is handed out annually to the top linebacker in college football. Acho is a fourth-year linebacker that has played in 35 career games, posting 147 tackles (93 solo), 22 TFL, five sacks, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two INTs (one returned for a TD), seven PBU and eight pressures. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2010 when he started 11 games at linebacker and registered 87 tackles (49 solo), three sacks, 12 TFL, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one INT returned for a TD, six PBU and five pressures. Acho is also a two-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection. Acho was also named to the Lott Trophy watch list (college football's defensive IMPACT Player of the Year presented by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation) on April 12. - Mack Brown Texas football

06/02/2011 - STARS OF 2011: Senior LB Emmanuel Acho - Despite playing hurt for the second half of the season, Acho finished with 87 tackles (12 for loss). He'll be counted on for leadership and big players as a senior, like older brother Sam, who finished strongly in 2010. - The Sports Xchange

05/03/2011 - 2011 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Emmanuel Acho, Texas, LB, has been named to the 42-player Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list for the 2011 college football season as selected by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Acho has played in 35 career games, posting 147 tackles (93 solo), 22 TFL, five sacks, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two INTs, seven PBU and eight pressures. He was a second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2010 when he started 11 games at linebacker and registered 87 tackles (49 solo), three sacks, 12 TFL, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one INT, six PBU and five pressures. In 2009, Acho was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and appeared in 14 games at linebacker, including two starts, and he tallied 49 tackles (36 solo), 10 TFL, two sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an INT, a PBU and three pressures. He saw action in 10 games as a true freshman in 2008, recording 11 tackles and a forced fumble. Acho was ranked as one of ESPNU's top 150 national prospects. - Mack Brown Texas football


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