Feature on Joey Mbu

NFL prospect, Joey Mbu (DT), will be one to watch in 2014 as he embarks on his senior year as a Houston Cougar.

>Mbu has undeniably excelled while gaining experience as a key part of the “Third Ward D” from his start as a true freshman from Richmond, Texas, to the team captain that he is now.


“… A lot of things that you don't know as a true freshman, little things like playing a double team … I've watched film a lot more, I'm just understanding the game of football, and Coach Gibbs tells me that every time I go up to watch film, don't just watch the play, watch what's going on around; you know, body language, what the weaknesses of the offensive line are, and the formations where they run the plays out of… ” Mbu said.


In 2012 Mbu achieved his career-high five stops against ECU and made his first career interception against SMU. Mbu led all defensive tackles in 2012 with 27 tackles, and again in 2013 with 29 tackles. This is evidence of Mbu’s inner drive to become a better athlete each time he takes the field.   


With hardworking leaders like Mbu at the helm of the “Third Ward D”, it is safe to expect the Houston defense to command more of the same positive attention on a national level.


Mbu disclosed one of defensive coordinator Coach Gibbs’ main tactics on how he motivates his squad to continue to produce impressive results with each game,


“ … He's all about getting us better, while people are hyping us up and everything we're humbled, because he shows us what we do wrong more than what we do right. So at the end of the day it's more correcting our old mistakes we've made and then improving that for this season. ”


With the season opener looming vs. UTSA, fans tend to reflect on last season’s matchup at the Alamodome when the Cougars defeated the Roadrunners 59-28. This game included Mbu’s season-best four stops of 2013. Although Mbu’s game stats were impressive, he is not the type of player to get complacent going up against any familiar opponents.


“I know that I'll make plays against them, but last year was last year and they might have a different game plan, so when the time arises I'll have to make the play,” Mbu said.


Mbu appears confident in the amount of knowledge he has gained from his coaches and teammates throughout his journey as a Houston Cougar and will continue to strive to do great things, as he is welcomed home for his senior year at TDECU stadium on August 29th.

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