Here are five things to know about Missouri’s redshirt sophomore tight end…
He leads the team in touchdown receptions
In Missouri seven games, Okwuegbunam leads the Tigers with five touchdowns and 400 receiving yards.
He was named to the 2018 Preseason All-SEC First Team
Okwuegbunam was named to the 2018 Preseason All-SEC First Team by the media. He was one of two Missouri players, including quarterback Drew Lock.
QB Drew Lock, Missouri
RB Damien Harris, Alabama
RB Benny Snell Jr., Kentucky
WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
OL Jonah Williams, Alabama
OL Greg Little, Ole Miss
OL Martez Ivey, Florida
OL Trey Smith, Tennessee
C Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama
He won the John Mackey Award this week
The Mackey Award is presented to the most outstanding Tight End in FBS college football each year. Okwuegbunam won the weekly award for his performance against Memphis. He had six receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns.
Congratulations to Albert Okwuegbunam (@albertok1234) of @MizzouFootball on being named @JohnMackeyAward Tight End of the Week for Week 8! Check out https://t.co/rxjKGWGrsH for more details! https://t.co/hqm7jORCJJ pic.twitter.com/TOztQ9Zl5p
— John Mackey Award (@JohnMackeyAward) October 24, 2018
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— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) October 23, 2018
He has adopted the mentality of FIDO this season
Offensive coordinator Derek Dooley shared with Okwuegbunam the acronym FIDO, which stands for “forget it, drive on” due to Okwuegbunam case of the drops. Dooley has drilled into the TE about having a short memory.
“He was confident in himself last year, especially when he got rolling, but he hadn’t made the plays yet,” Lock said. “He knows who he is now. When he does make a mistake he doesn’t let it eat him up since he knows he’s an important part to our offense.”
The mentality seems to be working.
His last name is Nigerian
In case you were wondering, the origin of his last name is Nigerian. Thank you copy and paste.