Expected to move from linebacker to defensive end... should be one of the top defenders and pass-rushers in the ACC... considered leaving Tech early to enter the NFL draft... can excel in the 3-4 or the 4-3... a classic edge-type defender... is tall, long and rangy with good speed.... voted by teammates as "most likely to be an NFL star"... enters the 2013 season with 19.0 career sacks, which ranks tied for eighth in Georgia Tech history... his 27.5 career tackles for loss rank 21st in Tech history... has played in 36 career games with 24 starts.
After spending two seasons as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, Attaochu moved to defensive end in 2013 in defensive coordinator Ted Roof's 4-3. The 31.0 career sacks by Attaochu leads all active players in the NCAA and ranks fifth on the ACC's career lists. Attaochu has more sacks in his career than former ACC standouts Julius Peppers (30.5), Calvin Pace (29.0) and Mario Williams (25.5). Attaochu's four sacks against Georgia (Nov. 30) were the third-most single-game sacks in Tech history. Although not an official category, Attaochu has more career sack yards (223) than any player in Tech history. Attaochu's 43.0 career tackles-for-loss are the sixth-most in Tech history. The senior is on a late-season sack surge, collecting 10 over the last five games, after just one over the first four games.
Played and started in 13 games... missed the Middle Tennessee State game with an injury... an honorable mention All-ACC selection... registered 69 tackles, including 44 solo tackles... his 10.0 sacks tied for the seventh-most single-season sacks in Georgia Tech history... also had 12 tackles for loss, one fumble caused and one fumble recovered... recorded 10 tackles and a half-sack in the season opener at Virginia Tech (Sept. 3)... had a career-high 13 tackles and added 1.5 sacks at Clemson (Oct. 6)... matched a career high with 3.0 sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the win at Maryland (Nov. 3)... registered nine tackles, including six solo tackles, and had 2.0 sacks in the ACC?Championship Game vs. Florida State (Dec. 1).
An honorable mention All-ACC selection... played in 11 games and started 10 times... missed the Maryland and Virginia games with an injury... led the team, ranked fifth in the ACC?and 54th nationally in sacks (6.0)... led the team, ranked sixth in the ACC and 66th nationally in tackles for loss (11.5)... ranked third on the team in total tackles (59).. also had one interception, two pass break-ups and one fumble recovery... had five tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery in the season opener vs. Western Carolina... recorded nine tackles, a then-career-best 3.0 sacks and forced a fumble in a key home win over North Carolina (Sept. 24)... had six tackles and a tackle for loss at NC State (Oct. 1)... returned from a two-game absence at Miami (Oct. 22) and responded with five solo tackles and his first career interception... registered a career-high 10 tackles to go with 2.5 TFLs and a sack vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 10)... sacked Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (Nov. 26)... closed out sophomore year with seven tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble vs. Utah in the Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 31).
Played in 12 games and started in the Independence Bowl... finished the year with 23 tackles (18 solo tackles), 4.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and one quarterback hurry... recorded three tackles, including a tackle for loss, vs. NC State (Sept. 25)... had two tackles and a sack in the win over Virginia (Oct. 9)... registered sacks in each of the final two games of the regular season -- vs. Duke (Nov. 20) and at Georgia (Nov. 27)... had a career-high six tackles, including five solo tackles, in the Independence Bowl.
Archbishop Carroll HS... rated the 17th-best prospect in the mid-Atlantic region (Superprep)... had 118 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior... recorded four touchdowns as a senior by blocking kicks or returning fumbles... played three seasons of varsity football as a linebacker and defensive end... served two years as team captain... recorded five sacks in one game.
Committed to Tech in January, 2010... originally from Nigeria.... born Jan. 17, 1993 in Ibadan, Nigeria... full name is Jeremiah Ajimaoso Attaochu... son of Paul and Comfort... has three siblings -- Glory, Samuel and David... began playing football in ninth grade because "I got tired of just watching it."... majoring in science, technology and culture.