The Skinny on Osi Umenyiora

Giants get a young player with Defensive End Osi Umenyiora from Troy State University

Positives…Developing talent with good linear speed…Has sudden quickness off the snap and the moves to easily gain leverage over the blockers...Efficient getting into the back-field off the edge...Relentless chaser who moves through traffic with determination...Rolls his hips properly and stays on his feet when engaging blockers at the point of attack… Gets his hands up quickly in the blocker's face to jolt back his opponent on the surge... Excels at penetrating the line of scrimmage to collapse the pocket...Lowers his head and extends his arms as he goes low to take the quarterback off his feet.

Negatives…Not a self-motivated player, looking confused and lethargic, at times…Relies mostly on speed and power rather than techniques, which causes him to get dominated by the more technical blockers…Tries to get "too cute" with blockers with his speed moves, but gets frustrated when his initial strike doesn't work, getting his mind-set out of the game when that happens...Has problems disengaging from blockers when ridden upright off the snap...Lacks recognition skills for the physical in-line run defense...Will bite on fakes and is fooled by the blocker's hand punches...His inability to maintain position vs. the run could limit him to only situational duties at the pro level.


Unheralded athlete who is raw in technique, but shows tremendous promise if someone can further develop his emerging pass rushing talents…Found a home at defensive end in his junior year after starting his career as a defensive tackle before shifting to nose guard as a sophomore…Started 36 of 48 games for the Trojans, recording 276 tackles (129 solos) with 25 sacks for minus 140 yards, 39 stops for losses of 168 yards, 71 quarterback pressures, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pass deflection…His 39 stops behind the line of scrimmage set a school career-record, topping the previous mark of 35, set by both Al Lucas (1996-99) and Anthony Rabb (1996-99)…His 25 sacks rank seventh in Trojans annals.


All-American honorable mention and All-Independent first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Started every game at right defensive end, recording 57 tackles (35 solos) with three forced fumbles…Set school season-records with 43 quarterback pressures and 1 sacks for minus 81 yards…Also had 21 stops for losses of 93 yards.

Nebraska…Tackled QB Jammal Lord, causing a fumble, made 7 hits and had a pair of pressures.

Alabama-Birmingham…Totaled 7 tackles with a stop for a 4-yard loss and 6 pressures.

Southern Utah…Followed with a 10-yard sack and 3 tackles.

Iowa State…Credited with 7 pressures, 5 tackles and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Austin Peay…Added a stop for a loss and 4 pressures.

Mississippi State…Stripped tailback Dontae Walker of the ball, registered 5 tackles (4 solos) with 2 pressures and had 3 sacks for minus 16 yards, adding 4 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Marshall…Pressured QB Byron Leftwich 4 times, sacked the All-American passer for a 5-yard loss and delivered 5 solo tackles.

Florida Atlantic…Had 6 tackles, 3 sacks for minus 11 yards and 3 pressures.

Arkansas…Posted 6 tackles, a 7-yard sack and 3 pressures.

Florida A&M…Caused a fumble on a kickoff when he stripped Edward Baker of the ball and was in on 4 tackles with a career-high 9 pressures (three resulted in interceptions) and 4 sacks for minus 12 yards.

Utah State…Closed out his career with 5 solo tackles, 3 sacks for minus 20 yards, 4 stops for losses of 22 yards and 3 pressures.


Started every game at right defensive end…Recorded 59 tackles (29 solos) as he led the team with six sacks for minus 42 yards, 14 pressures and 10 stops for losses of 46 yards… Caused three fumbles.

Nebraska…Began the year with 5 tackles as he sacked QB Eric Crouch for an 8-yard loss.

Middle Tennessee…Tackled tailback Dwone Hicks behind the line of scrimmage and was in on 9 hits.

Nicholls State…Made 5 tackles with a stop for a loss and a forced fumble.

Miami…Brought down tailback Clinton Portis for a 1-yard loss, pressured QB Ken Dorsey twice and had a pair of tackles.

Mississippi State…Totaled 6 tackles, including one that stopped tailback Dontae Walker behind the line of scrimmage, causing a fumble on the play.

Cal State, Northridge…Had a 6-yard sack, 2 pressures and 6 tackles.

Maryland…Posted 7 tackles (5 solos) and 3 pressures.

Louisiana-Monroe…Added a 5-yard sack.

North Texas…Finished the year with 7 tackles (4 solos), 3 sacks for minus 23 yards, a forced fumble and a pressure.


All-Southland Football League first-team selection…Played in every game, starting ten contests at left defensive tackle…Recorded a career-high 83 tackles (33 solos) with seven quarterback pressures and a forced fumble.

Alabama A&M…Made 5 tackles before leaving the game with a right knee sprain.

Appalachian State…Did not start due to the knee injury, but posted 7 tackles with a pressure.

Alabama State…The knee injury would limit him to a pair of solo tackles.

Northwestern State (La.)…Collected 11 tackles with 2 pressures.

Southwest Texas…Followed with a 10-tackle performance.

South Florida and Sam Houston State…Totaled 6 tackles in each game.

McNeese State…Credited with a season-high 13 tackles (7 solos).

Appalachian State (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs)…Made 2 solo tackles.


Started every game at nose guard…Recorded 77 tackles (32 solos) with three sacks for minus 17 yards, eight stops for losses of 29 yards and seven quarterback pressures in thirteen contests…Deflected a pass and recovered two fumbles.

Alabama State…Had 7 tackles (4 solos) and a pressure.

South Florida…Recovered a fumble and posted 3 hits, including one for a 3-yard loss.

Middle Tennessee…Added a stop behind the line of scrimmage, a pressure and 7 tackles (4 solos).

Northwestern State (La.)…Collected 9 tackles, including a 2-yard sack and a pressure.

Sam Houston State…Deflected a pass and made 9 hits.

Nicholls State…Credited with a 10-yard sack, a pair of stops for minus 11 yards, 7 tackles and a pressure.

McNeese State…Delivered 9 tackles, a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a pressure.

James Madison (NCAA Division 1-AA Playoffs)…Posted 7 tackles (3 solos), a 7-yard sack and 2 stops for losses of 9 yards.

Florida A&M (Division 1-AA Playoffs)…Recovered a fumble and had 3 hits.

Postseason…Underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery after the season (12/20).


Redshirted as a freshman.


Underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery after the 1999 season (12/20) and right knee surgery after the 2000 campaign (12/18).


4.78 in the 40-yard dash…Bench presses 225 pounds 26 times…550-pound squat…355-pound power clean…33-inch vertical jump…32-inch arm length…10 1/8-inch hands… Right-handed…26/42 Wonderlic score.

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