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Collins Ukwu, DE

School: Kentucky  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: La Vergne, TN
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 257 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
69450-
2012 Season
Sat out contact in the spring while he recovered from injury ... Should be ready to go in August ... Two-year regular at defensive end ... His previous three seasons have been a steady upward trajectory, giving hope that his senior season will be his best ... Displays excellent speed and has the potential to be an outstanding pass rusher ... Has played 35 games, starting 24 ... Has finished his bachelor's degree in community communications and leadership developmen and is adding a second major this fall.
2011 Season
Played in nine games, missing three in midseason because of injury ... Led UK's defensive linemen in sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (6.5) ... Had a career-high seven tackles in the win over Central Michigan, including two TFL ... Had a crucial fumble recovery and a sack in the win over Tennessee.
2010 Season
Started every game at defensive end with 26 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack ... Good game against Tennessee, posting three tackles and a quarterback hurry ... Posted a career-high six tackles vs. Auburn and Florida ... Got a sack in the win vs. WKU.
2009 Season
Played in all 13 games ... Drew three starting assignments ... Totaled 14 tackles, including 1.5 for loss ... Had a season high of three tackles in three games ... Had a quarterback sack vs. Florida.
2008 Season
Redshirted ... Was named a Scout Team Player of the Week on three occasions, twice on defense and once on special teams.
High School
Defensive end noted for his speed and quickness ... Set a school career record with 43 tackles for loss at La Vergne (Tenn.) HS ... Played only seven games his senior season because of injury, but totaled 86 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks, three fumbles caused, and one fumble recovery ... All-region as a junior and senior ... Named to the all-area team as a senior by the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal ... Honorable-mention all-state ... Three-year starter who helped lead La Vergne to state playoff appearances his sophomore and junior seasons ... Has run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds ... Coached by Will Hester ... Member of school's basketball team that won four consecutive district championships and two regional titles ... Competed in the shot put and discus throw for the track and field team.
Personal
Born in Nashville, Tenn. ... Name is pronounced "OOK-woo" ... Son of Edwin and Susan Ukwu ... Adding second major in sociology after finishing his first degree in community communications and leadership development.
 
 
LATEST NEWS
04/17/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: 124 FBS PROGRAMS, 124 POSSIBLE UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS: KENTUCKY: DE Collins Ukwu (6-5, 260, 4.87)...The production is uninspiring (3.0 sacks in 2012, only 7.0 in his career), but Uwku has the frame and long arms that are ideal for the position and a team might view him as a lump of clay. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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