One of the veterans on the defensive line, having started parts of the past three seasons ... almost doubled his career tackle total with 22 stops last year ... the coaching staff believes he has the potential to become an All-Pac-10 performer this season due to his improved conditioning and training mentality ... played tight end in high school, then evolved into a starting defensive tackle at Cal a year later as a true freshman ... 2001 ... dumped the quarterback four times for 27 yards, second-highest sack total on the team behind Tully Banta-Cain's eight ... also had five total tackles for losses of 29 yards ... best games came against Washington (5 tackles, including two for losses of eight yards and 1 sack) and UCLA (four tackles, three sacks for minus-21 yards) ... 2000 ... began the year as a starter on the line, but moved into a reserve role later in the year ... had four unassisted stops in the Utah opener ... played well at USC, making three tackles and returning a fumble four yards to the USC 7-yard-line to set up a Cal touchdown in the second quarter ... 1999 ... saw action in all 11 games and moved into the starting line-up for good over the final three games of the season ... only defensive lineman not to miss a single day of practice during the year ... played extremely well against the run in his first collegiate season, but also had an impact as a pass-rusher ... had seven tackles behind the line of scrimmage for minus 25 yards, including a pair of sacks ... ended the season with 12 tackles, including seven unassisted stops.
High School/Personal: A member of the SuperPrep All-Southwest team as the No. 86 overall prospect in the state of Texas ... legal studies major ... father, Peter, is a Nebraska grad and president and chairman of Punlabs LTD ... mother, Patience, is a nurse ... has an uncle who is a professor at Yale ... lists Hardy Nickerson and John Randle as his favorite pro athletes ... born March 11, 1981 in Tallahassee, FL.
Nwangwu's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int FR 1999 7 5 12 7-25 2-18 0 1 2000 9 3 12 0-0 0-0 0 1 2001 17 5 22 5-29 4-27 0 0 Totals 33 13 46 12-54 6-45 0 2