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#96 Olugbemi Otulaja
Position: Defensive Lineman
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 280
Year: Senior
Hometown: Freeport, N.Y.
High School: Freeport HS
Experience: 1 Letter

A powerful, hard-nosed player who was a regular on the defensive line as a junior and senior ... one of the strongest players on the team ... played in 18 games with the Terps, including 10 starts ... transferred from Marist after the 2005 season and sat out 2006.

As a Senior (2008): Played in all 13 games, starting 10 at nose tackle ... earned Iron Terp status in spring testing, posting the highest strength index on the team in the spring ... registered a season-high three tackles in the season-opening win over Delaware (8/30) ... notched his first half-sack of the season vs. Eastern Michigan (9/20) ... had two stops at Virginia (10/4) and vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... assisted on two stops vs. Virginia Tech (11/6) ... saw limited action vs. North Carolina (11/15) due to an ankle injury.

As a Redshirt Junior (2007): Saw action in five games as a reserve defensive tackle ... has one tackle on the season, posting a sack for a loss of 10 yards against North Carolina ... saw the first action of his Terps career vs. Clemson ... also played vs. Boston College, Florida State and NC State.

As a Junior (2006): Sat out while fulfilling NCAA transfer requirements ... named defensive scout team player of the week for his work in practice leading up to the Boston College contest.

As a Sophomore (2005 at Marist): Finished the season with 32 tackles (11 solo and 21 assisted), including 3 1/2 for a loss of 21 yards ... recorded 1 1/2 sacks for a loss of 16 yards and recovered two fumbles.

As a Freshman (2004 at Marist): Had 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, on the season.

At Freeport High School: A four-year letterwinner who earned all-state, all-county, all-conference, all-academic team and All-Long Island honors, while leading his team to the Long Island Championship and a 12-0 record as a senior ... also a three-year member of the track and field team ... saw two years of action on the wrestling squad, earning all-county honors in 2001 ... coached by Russ Cellan.

Personal: Born Dec. 11, 1986 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... parents are Femi and Bosede Otulaja ... father is a teacher and was the prince of the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria ... relinqueshed the throne after the passing of his father to stay in America ... mother is a social worker ... has four siblings ... an economics major ... likes to write, play music and serve as a DJ in his spare time ... has worked as a camp counselor ... volunteered for the Special Olympics in 2005 and 2006 ... a member of the African Student Association and the Black Student Union ... majoring in American studies

Otulaja's Career Statistics

Defense	G-GS	UT	AT	TT	TFL	Sacks	FC	FR	PBU	Int.
2004*	8-0	7	3	10	2.0-3	2.0-3	0	0	0	0-0
2005*	11-8	11	21	32	3.5-21	1.5-16	1	2	0	0-0
2006			Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules
2007	5-0	1	0	1	1.0-10	1.0-10	0	0	0	0-0
2008	13-10	4	10	14	0.5-4	0.5-4	0	0	0	0-0
Career	37-18	23	34	57	7.0-48	5.0-34	1	2	0	0-0
*at Marist

bio updated 02-18-09


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