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#39 Obi Egekeze
Position: Place-kicker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Augusta, Ga.
High School: Westside HS
Experience: 2 Letters
A two-year starting place-kicker ... possesses a strong leg ... saw action in 36 career games ... ranks tied for seventh in school history with 32 career field goals made ... connected on 25 of 30 career FGA (83.3 percent) during ACC contests ... ranks 10th in school history on the career scoring list (164) ... also eighth on the Maryland career kick scoring chart ... 68 career PATS are sixth in school history ... a two-time Academic All-ACC selection ... handled kickoff duties in 2006 ... had not attempted a kick in a regular-season contest until the 2007 season opener

As a Senior (2008): Started all 13 games as the place-kicker ... also handled 57 of the 62 kickoffs ... connected on 15 of 24 field goals and 32 of 33 PATs .... ranked tied for fifth in the ACC and tied for 43rd in the nation in field goals (1.15 pg) ... also ranked eighth in the ACC in kick scoring (5.9 ppg) ... his 32 PATS are tied for 11th on the Maryland single-season chart ... rebounded to connect on 15 of his last 19 field-goal attempts, including a pair of game-winners, after missing his first five of the season ... nailed a career-best 10 consecutive field goals between the Eastern Michigan (9/20) and NC State (10/25) games ... scored 77 points, which ranks 18th on the Terps all-time single-season chart ... that tally is also 11th all-time for one season among place-kickers ... one of eight Terps to earn Academic All-ACC honors ... missed three FGAs vs. Delaware (08/30), though all were from over 40 yards and two hit the goal post ... also hit the post vs. MTSU (09/06) ... missed his lone attempt vs. Cal (9/13) ... connected on all three field goal attempts (21, 23 and 33-yards) vs. Eastern Michigan (9/20), marking the first three-field goal game by a Maryland kicker since Egekeze booted three vs. NC State (11/24/07) ... hit both field goal attempts (23 and 30 yards) at Clemson (10/27) ... connected on a career-best four field goals vs. Wake Forest (10/18), including a season-long 40-yarder ... performance marked the first four field-goal game for Maryland since PK Dan Ennis hit four vs. BC on Nov. 18, 2006 ... kicked a game-winning 20-yard field goal with six second's left vs. N.C. State (10/25), marking his first career last-second game-winner ... also booted a career-long 47-yarder against the Wolfpack ... connected on two of three field goals, including a 41-yarder at Virginia Tech (11/6) ... kicked his second game-winning field goal in three games when he hit a 26-yarder with 1:42 remaining vs. North Carolina (11/15) ... connected on 1 of 2 field goal attempts vs. Florida State (11/22), hitting from 34 yards out ... missed his lone field attempt from 36 yards out at Boston College (11/29) ... hit four of five PATs vs. Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl (12/30) ... PAT miss was the first of his career.

As a Junior (2007): An impressive first season as the starting place-kicker ... played in all 13 games and ranked sixth in the ACC in kick scoring (6.7 ppg) ... also sixth in the league in overall scoring ... eighth in the ACC in field goal percentage (73.9) ... ranked eighth in the ACC and tied for 43rd nationally in field goals per game (1.31) ... did not miss a PAT all season ... his 36 PATs rank seventh on the Maryland single-season list ... his 87 points tied for 12th on Maryland's all-time single-season scoring list ... hit 13 of 14 field goals (92.9 percent) during league games, the top mark in the ACC ... one of six Terps to earn Academic All-ACC honors ... tabbed the team's top special teams performer ... (vs. Villanova) ... connected on the first field goal of his career, from 42 yards out ... hit all four of his PATs ... (vs. FIU) ... hit 1 of 2 field goal attempts, connecting from 36 yards out but missing from 52 ... the missed kick had the distance, but sailed wide left ... hit all three of his PAT attempts ... (vs. WVU) ... connected on both of his extra point attempts ... (vs. WF) ... hit on his only field goal attempt from 38 yards out, and hit all three of his PATs ... (vs. Rutgers) ... connected on field goals of 26 and 37 yards, hit all four of his PATs ... went 2-for-5 in FGAs ... (vs. GT) ... went 4-for-4 on PATs ... (vs. UVA) ... hit both of his PATs, and made his only field goal attempt from 41 yards out ... (vs. Clemson) ... made a 35-yard field goal and both of his PATs ... (vs. UNC) ... connected on both his field goal attempts (26 and 29) and an extra point ... (vs. BC) ... hit both his field goal attempts (28 and 25 yards) and all four of his PATs ... (vs. FSU) ... hit a career-high three of his four field-goal attempts, including a season-long 46-yarder ... missed once (also from 46 yards), snapping a season-best streak of eight consecutive conversions ... (vs. NCSU) ... connected on two field goals of 30 yards and one from 34 ... hit all four of his PATs.

As a Sophomore (2006): Played in 10 games, handling kickoff duties ... 14 of his 45 kickoffs (31 percent) went for touchbacks ... (vs. W&M) ... handled kickoff duties for the first time in his career ... had six kicks with two going for touchbacks ... (vs. MT) ... handled kickoff duties ... forced touchbacks on two of six kicks ... (vs. NCSU) ... handled kickoff duties and booted three-of-seven kicks for touchbacks ... (vs. FSU) ... split the kickoff duties with Chris Roberts, booming all four of his kicks into the end zone for touchbacks ... (vs. Clemson) ... split kickoff duties, with a 65.0-yard average on his two kicks ... (vs. Miami) ... handled kickoff duties, with two of three kicks going for touchbacks ... (vs. BC) ... handled kickoff duties ... (vs. WF) ... handled kickoff duties with one going for a touchback ... (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) ... kicked off five times.

As a Redshirt Freshman (2005): Did not see game action ... missed the first eight games after injuring his right quad covering a kickoff in a preseason scrimmage.

As a Freshman (2004): Redshirt season.

At Westside High School: A three-year starter who handled place-kicking and punting duties in his tenure with the Patriots ... was 9 of 11 on field goals and 21-for-22 on PATs as a senior ... hit a school-record 54-yard field goal twice (once as a senior and once as a junior) ... had 27 touchbacks on 40 kicks in 2003 ... was 8 of 12 on field goals and 26-for-28 on PATs as a junior ... an all-state and all-conference selection as a junior and senior ... an all-area pick as a sophomore and senior ... tabbed All-Dixie region by SuperPrep as a senior ... a PrepStar all-region pick as well ... also a three-year letterwinner in soccer and basketball ... also recruited by Georgia, Ohio State, Texas and Penn State ... coached by Gerald Barnes.

Personal: Born Nov. 8, 1985 ... full name is Chukweume Obi Egekeze ... name is pronounced choo-kweh-MEH-kuh egg-uh-KAY-zuh (or just OH-bee) ... son of Uzoma Egekeze ... brother, Ndu, played on Penn State's basketball team ... other brother (Nkem) played soccer at Mercer ... member of the National Honor Society who carried a 3.86 GPA as a prep ... graduated in May, 2008 with a degree in finance ... pursuing a double-major in international business.

Egekeze's Career Statistics

Kicking	G-GS	FG-A	XP-A	20-29	30-39	40-49	50+	Lg.	Pts.
2006	10-0	0-0	0-0	0-0	0-0	0-0	0-0	0	0
2007	13-13	17-23	36-36	6-6	8-11	3-4	0-2	46	87
2008	13-13	15-24	32-33	7-8	5-8	3-8	0-0	47	77
Career	36-26	32-47	68-69	13-14	13-19	6-12	0-2	47	164

bio updated 02-18-09


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