At 17, Okoye becoming a force on defensive line

6'1, 305-pound sophomore Amobi Okoye is developing into a force along the University of Louisville defensive line and recorded a career-high seven tackles while making his first start last Saturday against Army.

Sophomore defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is developing into a force to be reckoned with right before our eyes.

Only 17 years-old, Okoye was the youngest player in college football last season while recording 17 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and one sack as a true freshman. Through two games this season, Okoye appears a much improved player and made the first start of his college career against the Black Knights.

"He's playing really well," Petrino said. "[He'll only get better] the more he understands [how to play] full speed and goes hard every play."

Okoye, who saw significant action against Kentucky in the season opening 28-0 shutout victory over Kentucky, received praise from University of Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino for his efforts so far this season.

"I thought he did an excellent job in the Kentucky game," Petrino said. "He had some plays where he really pressured the quarterback."

Against Army, Okoye recorded a career-high seven tackles from his defensive tackle position. Through just two games, the 6'2, 305-pounder has already recorded nearly half as many tackles (8)as his 2003 season total (17).

"He's quick and he plays fast," Petrino said. "There was one play [against Army] where he jumped over a guy, went to the ground and rolled over, got up and got in on the tackle."

"He did a great job against a couple of [Army's] screens, too" continued Petrino. "I'm really excited about him. I thought he was one of our real bright spots in the Army and Kentucky games."

So how has a player as young as Okoye made such a quick impact at the major college level?

"It's amazing and a credit to his maturity," Petrino explained. "I'm not sure how he does it but he's doing a great job."

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