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
Weight: 258 lbs.
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.