Onome Ojo, who was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2001 season, didn't start playing football until his junior year at Cal-Davis. During the Saints' 2002 preseason, Ojo caught three passes for 28 yards and one touchdown.
A strong performance in the Cactus Bowl, the Division II all-star game, cemented his status prior to the Draft.
In his final two years at Cal-Davis, Ojo proved his NFL pedigree by catching 51 passes for 1,231 yards (24.1-yard average) and 13 touchdowns. Such production gave Ojo the confidence to scale even greater heights on the gridiron.
"It took a little while for me to play football because I only came out in my junior year, but things have gone pretty well," Ojo explained. "I've learned from some impressive receivers and I know I'm going to be really good - it's just a matter of working hard every day.
"I'm always learning every day because I didn't play that much football in college. If I don't feel like I've learned something new each day I'm disappointed because I'm playing catch-up having only played for four years."
Ojo played in NFL Europe in 2002 and had 11 receptions for 111 yards with one touchdown.
Ojo suffered a knee injury in practice in November while with Tampa. He was placed on the practice squad-injured list on December 4, 2002 ending his season. Ojo first joined the Buccaneers on September 4, a few days after being waived by New Orleans on the final cut-down date.
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