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#96 Chidera Uzo-Diribe
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 230
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Corona, Calif.
High School: Corona
Experience: High School
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AT COLORADO: Career-He finished his career tied for sixth in quarterback sacks (20), tied for 17th in tackles for loss (31) and second in forced fumbles (10); his percentage of solo tackles (99) to overall tackles (118), or 83.9 percent, is the highest in CU history.

2013 (Sr.)-He started all 12 games at right defensive end, earning first-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s chapter of the National Football Foundation and was named CU’s Defensive Trench Award winner. He played in the East-West Shrine game, hurrying a pass that forced an interception. For the season, he was in on 46 tackles (36 solo), with 11 for losses including four quarterback sacks; he had seven tackles for zero gain, meaning he had 18 total stops at or behind the line of scrimmage. He was second in the nation in forced fumbles with five, and he also batted down four passes in 739 snaps of action. He was twice named CFPA honorable mention performer of the week for his games against Oregon State (six tackles, three solo, two TFLs including a sack, two forced fumbles and two hurries) and a week later against Oregon (a career-high eight tackles, seven solo with three for losses, a forced fumble and a third down stop). He was one of 27 players on the final watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end of the year), and was one of 76 players on the official preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award (when he was ranked as the No. 32 defensive end in the nation by Phil Steele’s College Football). He was selected as one of six team captains, by his teammates, for the season upon the players’ return for summer workouts.

2012 (Jr.)-He started 10 games at right defensive end, but played in all 12, as he came in off the bench against Arizona State and USC despite nursing a severe high ankle sprain as he gave it a go both outings. In 537 snaps from scrimmage, he had a career best 43 tackles (37 solo), as he led the team in tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage (13), tackles for loss (10) as well as quarterback sacks with seven (for 66 yards in losses). His seven quarterback sacks came in six different games (he had two against Colorado State in the opener) as he ranked 10th in the Pac-12 and 50th in the NCAA in sacks for 2012. He tied for the team lead in quarterback hurries (6) and chasedowns (near-sacks, 3) and was fourth in third down stops (7). He also had two passes broken up, a caused interception and a forced fumble. He had a season-high seven tackles (six solo) at Fresno State, adding six against CSU (three for losses including the two sacks) and five versus Washington. He really got after it in the weight room after his sophomore season, coming in twice a day, three days a week.

2011 (Soph.)-He played in all 13 games, including six starts, the first three of the year at right defensive end and three on the left side (middle of the year, game seven through nine). In playing 405 snaps for the season, he had 18 tackles all solo stops, which proved to be a school best for the most solo tackles without an assist, topping cornerback Gardner McKay’s 16 solo stops and no assists in 2007. He recorded the second most sacks on the team (5, for 37 yards in losses), and had eight tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage (seven for losses, one for zero). He had two third down stops, three caused fumbles, three hurries and a quarterback chasedown (near sack); the three forced fumbles were the most by a CU player since 2003, when Clyde Surrell also had three. He had a season-high five tackles (obviously all unassisted) at Washington, which included a quarterback sack; he had three twice, at Hawai’i (with one-and-a-half sacks and a forced fumble) and at Arizona State (which included a sack). He suffered a fractured toe in winter conditioning that required surgery to insert a pin; it was removed a week into spring drills, thus he saw limited action. He recorded six tackles, one for a third down stop, in spring scrimmage action.

2010 (Fr.)-He played in all 12 games, including one start, which came on the road at Kansas. He was in for 148 snaps from scrimmage, recording 11 tackles; eight of those were of the solo variety including three-and-a-half sacks, tied for the fourth-most on the team. He was often in the right place at the right time, with almost half of his tackles (5) going for third down stops, tying for sixth-most on the team, but everyone ahead and/or tied with him played at least 183 more snaps. He also had two other stops for zero gain, giving him seven tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. He also had a quarterback chasedown (near-sack) and a forced fumble, the latter coming at Missouri. His first career tackle was for a sack against Colorado State in the season opener, with his season-high in tackles being two at Missouri and at Kansas. He was one of just seven true freshmen to play for the Buffs in the 2010 season.

HIGH SCHOOL-He earned All-Region honors from PrepStar and was ranked the No. 37 weak side defensive end by Rivals.com, the No. 102 defensive end by Scout.com and No. 114 defensive end by ESPN. He only played football for two years and he earned a spot in the starting lineup by the second half of his junior season. He earned second-team All-Big VIII league and was named his team’s most valuable linebacker his senior year when he had 69 tackles, 7 sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass break-ups. He also saw action at tight end and caught eight passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He had two catches for 64 yards including a 59-yard touchdown in a 34-3 win over Chino and he also scored a touchdown against Poly with two grabs for 16 yards. Defensively, he had four games with double-figure tackle totals with a high of 11 (nine solo) coming in the season’s last game against Centennial. Against Santiago, he had eight tackles and two sacks, and against Roosevelt he had 13 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. As a junior, he totaled 20 tackles, including 12 against Roosevelt in his first-ever start. Corona was 2-8 his senior year and 4-6 his junior season under coach John Brandon. He lettered three times in basketball and was the team’s MVP; he won a team award for taking the most charges his junior season. He also participated in track and field (high jump, discus).

ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Communication at Colorado, with an expected graduation date of May 2014.

PERSONAL-He was born May 30, 1992 in Long Beach, Calif. His hobbies include video games, working out and hanging out with friends. His cousin is Osi Umenyiora, the second round choice of the New York Giants in the 2003 NFL Draft; in 10 seasons with the Giants, he appeared in two Pro Bowls and was a member of the 2008 Super Bowl champion team; he is now with the Atlanta Falcons. Another cousin, Charles Saseun, is a senior sprinter on the Cal-Berkeley track team. Nickname in high school was “Yung Hamlet.” (Name is pronounced chee-dera u-zo da-ree-bay).

Defense Tackles  
Season
G
Plays
UT
AT
Total
TFL
Sacks
3DS
Hurr
FR
FF
PBU
INT
2010
12
148
8
3
11
4- 15
3.5- 15
5
0
0
1
0
0
2011
13
405
18
0
18
7- 38
5.5- 37
2
3
0
3
0
0
2012
12
537
37
6
43
10-72
7- 66
7
6
0
1
2
0
2013
12
739
36
10
46
11-56
4- 24
7
11
0
5
4
0
Totals
49
1829
99
19
118
32-181
20-142
21
20
0
10
6
0
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