Ojo Practicing Today

Onome Ojo, recently released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has joined the San Diego Chargers and was out on the practice field Monday. At 6-4, another tall receiver is thrown into the mix for the Bolts who are trying to get some height at receiver.

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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