No Rest For Mbu

Defensive tackle Joey Mbu (Richmond, Tx.) is on a mission to improve his game. Read on to learn more about the hard-working 300-pounder from Foster High School.

Joey Mbu knows what it takes to improve his game and the 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle is enthusiastic about working diligently to get better on the field.

"We have a new defensive line coach this year and he's helping me with some things," said Mbu. "I'm using a new stance and now I'm firing off the ball quicker. My motor is getting better too."

Mbu has a scholarship offer from a Division II program in Rhode Island, but he's receiving interest from several other schools.

"Kansas State, Oklahoma State, North Texas, Boise State, Houston, New Mexico State, and Air Force have all been to the school to check me out this spring," Mbu said. "I'd say that Houston and Air Force are recruiting me the hardest. Houston said that they'll offer me if I do well at their camp and show them that I have a good motor.

"I'm getting a lot of interest from Air Force too. I really like SMU. I watched their bowl game last year and I liked it a lot. I visited the campus while we were on vacation and went to one of their camps. I'm going to do a bunch of camps this summer, including the SMU camp."

Last season, Foster High went 5-6 and made it to the first-round of the 4A Division II playoffs. The Falcons were especially effective at home, posting a 4-1 mark in 2009. Mbu was the leader of a stingy defense that allowed 14-or-fewer points in five games.

"I had 56 tackles and two sacks last year," he said. I was first-team all-district and first-team all-area. As a sophomore, I made second-team all-district and second-team all-area."

Mbu and his teammates finish spring training on May 27. After that, there's no break for the junior, who has a tremendous work ethic.

"I'm going to be working with a personal trainer this summer so I can improve my skills," said Mbu. "I will play both ways at times this fall. I'm going to be at either offensive guard or offensive tackle when they need me."

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