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  Udeme Udofia
Udeme Udofia

Player Profile
Hometown:
Scottsdale, AZ

High School:
Chaparral HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 252

Position:
DE

Experience:
2003-07


Getting To Know Udeme Udofia
Pronunciation: you-DEM-uh you-DOUGH-fee-uh

At Stanford: A talented, athletic and veteran fifth-year senior who had an impressive 2007 spring and is expected to compete for a starting berth at defensive end ... Should be one of the team's top defensive players in 2007 ... A quick and strong athlete who has the ability to put pressure on the quarterback ... Has 77 career tackles (45 solo, 32 assists) while playing in 31 career games and making 20 starts ... Has added 6.0 tackles-for-loss (-23 yards), 1.0 sack (-10 yards), an interception returned for four yards, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and one pass breakup in his career ... Also has three career blocked kicks, all of which have come against Arizona State and led to touchdowns and was even credited with one punt return for 12 yards on one of the blocks.
Career Statistics
Career Game Highs: Total Tackles: 9, vs. Washington State (9/23/06) • Solo - 5, at Arizona State (10/21/06) • Ast - 5, twice • Sacks - 2.0, at Arizona (10/20/07) • TFL - 2.0, twice • FF - 1, twice • FR - 1, vs. WSU (9/23/06) • INT - 1, at Navy (9/10/05)

The 2007 Season: Finished his Stanford career with 108 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks, one interception and one punt return for 12 yards ... Led the team with a career-high seven quarterback hurries in 2007, while ranking fourth on the club with a career-high 4.5 sacks (-31 yards) and tied for fourth with 7.5 TFL ... Added 31 tackles, one forced fumble (at Washington State), one fumble recovery (versus Notre Dame) and one pass breakup in 2007 ... Had a career-high 2.0 sacks and a career-high-tying 2.0 TFL at Arizona ... Season-high six tackles versus Washington
Game-By-Game Statistics
Season Game Highs: Total Tackles - 6, vs. Washington (11/3) • Solo - 4, vs. Washington (11/3) • Ast 3, vs TCU (10/13)• Tackles for Loss 2, at Arizona (10/20) • Sacks 2, at Arizona (10/20)

The 2006 Season: Accounted for 39 tackles (23 solo, 16 assists), while playing in all 12 games with nine starts ... Added one forced fumble, as well as one recovered fumble and a 1.0 tackle-for-loss (-1 yards) ... Set career-bests for tackles in three straight games with nine against Washington State when he also added his forced fumble and recovered fumble, after previously recording seven versus Navy and six at San Jose State ... Had a career-best five solo tackles at Arizona State.
Game-By-Game Statistics
Season Game Highs: Total Tackles - 9, vs. WSU (9/23) • Solo - 5, at Arizona State (10/21) • Ast - 5, twice • TFL - 1, at Washington (11/11) • FF - 1, vs. WSU (9/23) • FR - 1, vs. WSU (9/23)

The 2005 Season: Became a productive defensive player with 36 tackles (20 solo, 16 assists), while starting all 11 games at outside linebacker ... Added 5.0 tackles-for-loss (-22 yards) to rank tied for sixth on the team and 1.0 sack (-10 yards), as well as an interception and a forced fumble ... Twice had a career-high-tying five tackles at Navy and at Oregon State ... Had both his lone sack and forced fumble in a four-tackle game at Arizona ... Had 2.0 tackles-for-loss in a four-tackle game against UCLA ... Blocked a punt to set up Stanford's first touchdown the following week against Arizona State, giving the ball to the Cardinal on the Sun Devil 15-yard line when Jon Alston recovered the ball.
Game-By-Game Statistics

The 2004 Season: Moved to outside linebacker prior to the season ... Earned his first varsity letter as a reserve outside linebacker and member of Stanford's special teams ... Registered two tackles and two blocked punts ... Both of his blocked kicks came against Arizona State and both led to Cardinal touchdowns ... His first block gave Stanford possession on the ASU four-yard line while his second put the Cardinal on the Sun Devils' 18-yard line.
Game-By-Game Statistics

The 2003 Season: Redshirted as a true freshman defensive end.

In High School: Named to the SuperPrep All-FarWest Team ... Ranked No. 10 on SuperPrep's list of the top recruits in the state of Arizona ... Led Chaparral High School to a 13-1 record and 4A state championship his senior season after recording 50 tackles and three quarterback sacks ... Also a two-year starter on the offensive line ... Was named to the Greater Phoenix Area Team and was All-Scottsdale as an offensive lineman during his senior season ... Competed in the shot put and discus on the track and field team for two campaigns.

Personal Information: Public Policy major ... Sister, Aniebiet, graduated from Stanford ... Full name is Udeme-Obong Uko Benjamin Udofia ... His name comes from Lamentations 3:24 in the Bible, which means "The Lord is my portion" in the Ibibio language ... His brother, Ekom, is a sophomore defensive tackle for the Cardinal.

Getting To Know Udeme Udofia

Nicknames: Udeem, Dem Dem, U
I would describe myself as a person as: Passionate
What people don't know about me is: I'm an outgoing person
The reason I love football is: It is the most challenging game to play
I pattern my play after: Simeon Rice and Julius Peppers
For me to improve as a person, I need to: Accept criticism better
My favorite pre-game ritual is: Listening to music
Currently on my iPod: Lil Wayne
My greatest athletic moment is: Going to occur this season
The biggest thrill in my life to date is: Getting accepted to Stanford
The teammate I admire the most is: Ekom Udofia
My favorite stadium in which to play is: Sun Devil Stadium
The reason I chose Stanford University is: The great combination of athletics and academics
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: You need to put in the work if you want to succeed
The best thing about Stanford is: Everyone here is extremely talented
My favorite class at Stanford is: Politics and Public Policy
My least favorite class at Stanford is: PWR
What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs: Its dedication to not only making you great on the field, but giving you the opportunities to make a positive impact in life once your football career is over
The sports teams I followed when I was younger: Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals
When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: Reggie White
The athletes I admire most are: Ray Lewis and Kevin Garnett
The people I admire most are: My parents
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: My family
The three people in history I admire most are: Jesus Christ, Muhammad Ali and Batman
Favorite Website: espn.com
Best book I have read: Purpose Driven Life
Favorite Food: Spaghetti and meatballs
Least Favorite Food: Apples
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: Spaghetti
Favorite Movie: Batman Begins
Favorite TV Show: SportsCenter
Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington
Favorite Actress: Gabrielle Union
If a movie were made of my life, the actor who would play me is: Myself
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: Winning the National Championship
Favorite musical group or performer: Lil Wayne
If I were not playing college football, I would be: A chef
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: A great friend, teammate and player
The best advice I ever received was: Never stop working until you are the best in everything you want to be
The person who had the greatest influence on my life: My father One moment in history I wish I could have seen: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech
The place I'd most like to visit: Nigeria
The favorite place I've visited: Florida
Hobbies: Playing video games and reading
Ten years from now, I'd like to be: In the NFL
My advice to youngsters: Put in the time to become great about whatever you are passionate about
My most prized possession: My desire to attain my goals
If I won $1 million, I would: Buy my family whatever they wanted
The one thing about college football I would change: Have a playoff system

Last Updated: December 19, 2007


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