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Obi Ezeh 45
Obi Ezeh

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Grand Rapids, Mich.

High School:
Catholic Central

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 244

Position:
LB


At Michigan ... four-year letterman ... team's active career leader in tackles ... top returning tackler in 2007 and 2008 ... 2008 All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention ... 2007 Freshman All-America ... started 38 games at inside linebacker and played in 50 contests during career ... posted 250th career tackle against Massachusetts (Sept. 18, 2010) ... recorded 200th career tackle against Indiana (Sept. 26, 2009) ... tallied 150th career tackle in the Minnesota game (Nov. 8, 2008) ... has posted 293 career tackles ... also contributed 19.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and eight pass breakups ... has nine career double-digit tackle games.

Fifth-Year Senior (2010) ... earned fourth varsity letter ... started seven games at linebacker and played all 13 contests ... recorded 58 tackles, 3.5 TFLs and one fumble recovery ... started at inside linebacker vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4), recording a team-leading nine tackles and one fumble recovery ... advanced fumble eight yards after recovering it at the three-yard line against the Huskies ... posted four tackles and one TFL in start at Notre Dame (Sept. 11) ... selected as a game captain against the Fighting Irish ... tallied nine tackles and an assisted tackle for loss in start vs. Massachusetts (Sept. 18) ... made three tackles in start vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25) ... amassed five tackles, including one for a loss, in start at Indiana (Oct. 2) ... accumulated nine tackles in start vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9) ... appeared as a reserve at middle linebacker vs. Iowa (Oct. 16) ... recorded one solo tackle as a reserve middle linebacker at Penn State (Oct. 30) ... notched five tackles as a backup outside linebacker vs. Illinois (Nov. 6) ... registered a team-high eight tackles, including one for loss, as a reserve outside linebacker at Purdue (Nov. 13) ... made start at outside linebacker vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 20), posting three tackles ... substituted in at middle linebacker against Ohio State (Nov. 27) ... notched two solo tackles as a reserve outside linebacker vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 1) in the Gator Bowl.

Senior/Junior (2009) ... earned third varsity letter ... Butkus Award semifinalist ... started nine of 12 games at middle linebacker ... team's third-leading tackler with 69 stops ... also contributed five tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... made 23rd career start at middle linebacker and contributed on special teams vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5), making eight tackles, 1.5 TFLs, one PBU and forced one fumble ... recorded seven tackles vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12) ... accumulated nine tackles vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... amassed 10 tackles, one TFL and one PBU vs. Indiana (Sept. 26) ... his final stop of the IU game was the 200th tackle of his career ... posted a season-high 14 tackles, an assisted TFL and one fumble recovery at Michigan State (Oct. 3) ... tallied six tackles and an assisted TFL at Iowa (Oct. 10) ... had a tackle for loss against Delaware State (Oct. 17) ... accumulated seven tackles vs. Penn State (Oct. 24) ... assisted on a tackle as backup at Illinois (Oct. 31), snapping his streak of 29 straight starts ... appeared at middle linebacker vs. Purdue (Nov. 7) ... made six tackles and an assisted TFL in start at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) ... played as backup middle linebacker vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21) ... has played in 37 consecutive games.

Junior/Sophomore (2008)
... earned second varsity letter ... Roger Zatkoff Award winner as team's top linebacker ... All-Big Ten honorable mention from both the coaches and media ... shared the Sophomore Award with Stephen Schilling as the players that displayed toughness and a strong work ethic on the field and in the locker room ... started all 12 games at middle linebacker ... tied for seventh in the Big Ten averaging 8.2 tackles per game ... led team with a career-best 98 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups ... had four double-digit tackle efforts on the year and seven in his career ... posted five or more stops in 10 games during the season ... recorded a career- and game-high 15 tackles and intercepted one pass vs. Utah (Aug. 30) ... collected goal line pick that thwarted a Utah scoring chance and returned it 18 yards ... named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and the ABC Player of the Game for his performance against the Utes ... posted five tackles and one pass breakup vs. Miami (Sept. 6) ... recovered first career fumble in the first quarter against the RedHawks ... registered six tackles at Notre Dame (Sept. 13) ... tied for the team lead with eight stops vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27) ... led the team with a career-high 15 stops vs. Illinois (Oct. 4), matching his output from the Utah game ... accrued a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss and batted down one pass against the Fighting Illini ... named ABC Player of the Game for his performance against Illinois ... tied for team lead with seven tackles vs. Toledo (Oct. 11) ... totaled nine tackles at Penn State (Oct. 18) ... led team with 10 stops vs. Michigan State (Oct. 25) ... registered four tackles at Purdue (Nov. 1) ... posted a team-best seven tackles and recorded first sack of the season at Minnesota (Nov. 8) ... registered 10 tackles vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... held to a season-low two assisted tackles at Ohio State (Nov. 22).

Sophomore/Freshman (2007)
... earned first varsity letter ... CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America first team ... The Sporting News Freshman All-America second team ... The Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten ... played in all 13 games and started 10 contests at inside linebacker ... fifth on the team with 68 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, three pass breakups and forced one fumble ... tied for 43rd in the Big Ten in tackles (5.2 avg.) ... made career debut and earned starting nod in the opener against Appalachian State (Sept. 1) ... tallied two tackles and assisted on a tackle for loss against the Mountaineers ... registered one solo stop vs. Oregon (Sept. 8) ... saw action at linebacker and on special teams against Notre Dame (Sept. 15) ... played on special teams units vs. Penn State (Sept. 22) ... made five tackles in start at Northwestern (Sept. 29) ... picked his first career interception and returned it six yards against the Wildcats ... registered a career-best and team-leading nine tackles in start vs. Eastern Michigan (Oct. 6) ... also forced a fumble against the Eagles ... assisted on four stops in start vs. Purdue (Oct. 13) ... started and contributed four tackles at Illinois (Oct. 20) ... contributed six tackles, an assisted TFL and one PBU in start vs. Minnesota (Oct. 27) ... set career highs in tackles (13), TFLs (three) and sacks (two) at Michigan State (Nov. 3) ... the sacks against the Spartans were the first of his career ... led team with 10 tackles at Wisconsin (Nov. 10) ... tied for team lead with 12 stops vs. Ohio State (Nov. 17) ... finished regular season with three straight double-digit tackle efforts ... tallied two solo tackles and one pass breakup vs. Florida in the Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1).

Freshman (2006) ... did not see game action.

Prep ... attended Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School (2006) coached by Tim Passinault ... three-year starter ... helped guide school to an 11-2 record as a senior and the state championship game ... Key Statistics ... set school's career rushing record with 3,189 yards ... scored 26 career touchdowns ... gained 1,391 rushing yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a senior ... made 35 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, 12 of which were sacks and had one interception in 2005 ... collected eight sacks from his linebacker position as a junior ... gained 907 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns junior year ... caught 13 passes for 300 yards in 2004 ... Honors and Rankings ... three-star prospect and the 51st-best running back nationally according to Rivals.com ... selected as the No. 12 player in the state of Michigan by Rivals.com ... No. 3 on the Detroit Free Press list of Fab 50 Michigan recruits and No. 6 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list ... MHSFCA All-Star Team in 2005 ... Other Sports ... member of State Champion rugby team 2003-06.

Personal ... Obinna Pius Ezeh was born February 2, 1988 ... attended Michigan Summer Football Camp ... enrolled in College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... sociology major.


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