A versatile player with great speed for his size who can fill the outside linebacker spot as well as his natural position in the middle ... Hard worker in the weight room and in practice who has earned the respect of his teammates ... Named to the Butkus Award Watch List, an honor presented annually to the nation's top linebacker.
Played in all 13 games with 12 starts, seeing time at middle as well as outside linebacker ... Ranked third on team with 84 tackles ... Totaled a team-high eight tackles (four solos) in season-opening victory at Boston College ... Had one tackle, as well as a fumble recovery, vs. Eastern Illinois ... Notched a career-high 12 tackles, including his first career pass sack, at Army ... Named team's defensive big playmaker at Illinois, where he recorded nine tackles, two of those TFLs ... Notched 11 tackles (five solos), including one TFL, vs. Michigan ... Racked up seven tackles at Iowa ... Team co-leader with six tackles vs. Penn State (did not start this game) ... Registered six tackles in road win at Indiana ... Turned in one of his top career efforts in road win at No. 9 Nebraska: nine tackles, which included two TFL's, a forced fumble and pass breakup ... Earned team's defensive player of the week honors for his efforts against Nebraska ... Had four solo hits vs. Rice ... Tabbed team's defensive big playmaker of the game vs. Minnesota -- totaled three tackles, which included a 0.5 TFL, as well as a pass breakup and a QB hurry ... Notched three tackles and a forced fumble vs. Michigan State ... Credited with five tackles (0.5 TFL) and a pass breakup vs. Texas A&M.
Played in all 13 games ... Reserve linebacker ... Saw increased action on opponent passing situations ... 26 total tackles ... Forced a fumble and made two stops in TicketCity Bowl ... Career-best five tackles at Wisconsin (four solo) ... Three tackles against Illinois with one TFL and one pass breakup ... Posted two tackles at Penn State ... One tackle at Indiana ... Made two stops vs. Michigan State ... One tackle and one pass breakup vs. Purdue ... Two stops with one TFL at Minnesota ... Picked up two tackles and his first career interception against Central Michigan ... Collected four tackles at Rice ... One stop vs. Illinois State ... One tackle and one QB hurry at Vanderbilt.
Played in 12 games with one start ... Had one tackle and a forced fumble vs. Auburn in the Outback Bowl ... One TFL against Indiana ... Posted four tackles against Syracuse in his first career start, replacing an injured Nate Williams at linebacker ... Nine total tackles (eight solo) for the season.
Did not see action ... Named team's special teams practice player of the week vs. Purdue.
Earned All-Southwest Preparatory College honors as a running back and linebacker at Episcopal High School ... Totaled 51 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble his senior season ... As a running back, gained 1,400 yards on 213 carries (6.6 ypc) and had 14 receptions for 300 yards ... Scored 20 TD's in 2007 ... Set school marks for career rushing and scoring, as well as single-season scoring and total offense ... Team's MVP ... Three-time all-conference track and field selection ... Also tabbed the Knights' team MVP in track ... Holds the Knights' shot put record ... Also captained that squad, as well as the Knights' basketball team ... All-conference selection (2007-08) in basketball ... Four-year, three-sport athlete award ... Played in Houston's Space City Classic All-Star game ... Coached by Steve Leisz.
Born David Ikechi Nwabuisi ... Son of Austine and Rose Nwabuisi ... Sister, Rosemary, ran track at Texas, and brother, Austine, played football at Kansas (2001-04) ... Communication studies major and business institutions minor.