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Kingsley Opara
Player Profile:
Kingsley Opara 1564744
Position: Defensive Lineman
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 300
Year: Senior
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
High School: Mandarin HS
Experience: SQ

As a Junior  (2016): Appeared in all 13 games, making nine starts at nose tackle ... Had a breakout season, totaling 41 tackles and ranking second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss ... Also posted 3.0 sacks ... Had a 0.5 sack vs. Boston College (12/26) ... Notched 2.0 TFLs, including a sack, vs. Rutgers (11/26) ... Had three tackles at Indiana (10/29) and two tackles at #2 Michigan (11/5) ... Had six tackles, including 1.5 TFL, vs. Michigan State (10/22) ... Posted four tackles against Minnesota (10/15) ... Matched career-high with six tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, at PSU (10/8) ... Totaled two TFLs vs. Purdue (10/1) ... Posted caree-high six tackles at UCF (9/17), and recovered the fumble in double overtime that led to Maryland’s victory ... Made first career start against Howard (9/3), posting five tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.

As a Sophomore (2015): Appeared in 11 games, totaling 16 tackles ... posted career-high four tackles vs. Bowling Green (9/12) ... had a tackle against USF (9/19) ... totaled two tackles at #1 Ohio State (10/10) ... had a tackle vs. Penn State (10/24) ... notched a pair of tackles, including a half sack at #10 Iowa (10/31) ... notched three tackles against Wisconsin (11/7) ... posted two tackles in win at Rutgers (11/28).

As a Redshirt Freshman (2014): Did not see game action during the season … earned defensive scout team player of the week for his preparation for Iowa (10/18).

As a Freshman (2013): Missed the season due to injury.

At Mandarin High School: Touted as a three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com … selected to play in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South Classic … a member of the Super 24 Florida Times-Union team…  a second team All-First Coast selection … as a senior, totaled 42 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 10 sacks … also considered Georgia Tech, Missouri, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, UCF, USF and West Virginia … coached by Robert Dean.

Personal: Born in Quincy, Mass. … parents are Innocent and Stella Opara … majoring in african american studies.

Career Highs
Tackles - 6 (3x, last vs. Michigan State, 10/22/16)
Solo Tackles - 3 (3x, last at Penn State, 10/8/16)
Tackles for Loss - 2.0 (2x, last vs. Purdue, 10/1/16)
Sacks - 1.0 (vs. Rutgers, 11/29/16)
Forced Fumbles - 1 (vs. Howard, 9/3/16)

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