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Short and Insufficient Profile: Collins Ukwu

During the slow and insipid summer of 2008, former KSR wordsmith Evan Hilbert profiled each and every member of the University of Kentucky football team. Though his knowledge was sparse and his research was far from thorough, Evan’s short and insufficient player profiles were an integral part of Kentucky’s success that season. UK finished with seven wins, including the opener at Louisville and a 25-19 victory in the Liberty Bowl. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since. Let’s bring back that magic…


#96 Collins Ukwu


Height: 6’5”

Weight: 258 lbs.

Class: Senior

Experience: 3L

Position: Defensive end

Hometown: La Vergne, TN

High School: La Vergne


“UK” (pronounced “Ook)

It’s on the side of his helmet.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He took ballet in middle school.

Something We Made Up About Him

He continues to take ballet.

Items of Legitimate Interest

Ukwu has played in 35 games at defensive end, starting in 24 of those.

He sat out contact in the spring while recovering from injury but is expected to be at 100% by the season opener.

He finished his bachelor’s degree in community communications and leadership development and will add a second major (sociology) this fall.

He’s added over 50 lbs. since coming to UK in 2008. Joker saw the potential in his athleticism and young frame and extended a scholarship offer when only Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, Memphis and Western Kentucky had done the same.

Unfair NFL Comparison

Ray McDonald, San Francisco 49ers

Dreadlocks and sacks. Sacks and dreadlocks.

Outlook for 2012

Ukwu will be a leader on defense and I expect him to be named a team captain. His numbers have improved every year, so look for a solid senior season that will potentially set him up for some looks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

3 Comments for Short and Insufficient Profile: Collins Ukwu

  1. Common Sense
    5:18 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    I love Ukwu and I expect him to have a great senior season, without injury hopefully. I would like to take a quote out of this post for all the Joker haters that say he can’t evaluate and/or build talent. Drew Franklin says “Joker saw the potential in his athleticism and young frame…” and now he is possibly the captain of the defense. This kid has also added over 50 lbs in 4 years! Let Joker coach.

  2. hahahaha
    5:50 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    #1 – Nice quote, but what the hell does it matter?

    “…will potentially set him up for some looks in the 2012 NFL draft.” – doesn’t exactly sound like Joker has officially molded a nothing recruit into a sure fire NFL player.

    Obviously, he was not a 5 star recruit, Joker didn’t even get in the door of 5 star recruits then, or now.

    We can bang our heads against the wall for 20 years with Joker – but it wont change anything. We will still be hope’n Vandy is down or Old Miss, or Miss St or anyone – just so we can get to 6 wins an a bowl. What an accomplishment, 6 wins and a bowl – but only winning 2 or 3 league games.

  3. Easy Now
    6:17 pm August 1, 2012 Permalink

    The Jury is still out on Okwu. He hasn’t really gotten his chance to shine due to injury but if he has a solid year getting after the QB on a consistent basis then I think he’ll get his shot. The guy is 6’5″ 260 with good athleticism. He’ll get a shot in the League based on his size and potential, even if he’s not drafted. The only problem is we can’t keep having guys get drafted 6-7-8th rounds and THEN watching them enjoy success in the NFL if we want to attract recruits with our NFL track record. We need guys going 1st, 2nd, 3rd rounds regularly if things are going turn around on the recruiting front.