VIDEO: Owa on State of Defense

AUG. 22 -- Senior defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa talked about being a captain this season after having to redshirt last year...

Owamagbe Odighizuwa talked to us after practice.

On camp winding down:
I feel really good and I'm ready to get football started and take the field with my team.

On playing for the first time in two years:
I'm very excited. I'm excited to get out there with my team and put on a showcase. I'm very excited.

On if anything surprised him coming back:
To be honest, no. My mindset was to get back like I never left so that meant working very hard to stay mentally focused and in the game while everyone else is playing. This program is the same, the level expectation is increasing every year, so when I came back, I understood what had to be done and I had to go to work.

On if redshirting was a good thing:
I'm very happy I did. It's the best thing that could have happened to me, just for growth and getting physically healthy. Looking back, I wouldn't trade it for anything. Obviously you want to be healthy. I stayed relatively the same but got more fast and stronger in the hips.

On his percentage of body fat:
I really don't know right know where it's at. It feels low.

On being named a captain:
It means a lot to me. Just knowing that your teammates trust you to be a person they could look to, to set an example and hold a standard for a team with what we're after and trying to accomplish. For them to say, 'hey, we think you're the guy to lead us and be a part of this Bruin Revolution and be at the forefront of that' is an honor.

On the freshman defensive linemen:
Every year it seems like Coach McClure and the coaching staff does a good job recruiting guys who can come in and play right away and same thing with this class, they came in as hard workers and students of the game and paying attention. The sky is the limit for them and they're going to come in and get snaps and make plays for us.

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