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Uche Nwaneri
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Nwaneri (center left, #77) with the Jaguars in 2009
No. 77     
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-03-20) March 20, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Career information
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2007 2013)
Career highlights and awards
* PFWA All-Rookie Team (2007)
Games played     104
Games started     92

Uchechukwu Eberechukwu "Uche" Nwaneri (/ˈ nwɑːˈnɛri/ OO-chay-_-nwah-NERR-ee) (born March 20, 1984) is a former American football guard. Uche was born in Dallas, Texas to Nigerian parents.[1] He played college football for Purdue University after graduating from Naaman Forest High School. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 149th overall pick in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Early lifeEdit

Nwaneri attended Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas, where he was teammates with Melvin Bullitt.


Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Uche Nwaneri
OL
Garland, Texas Naaman Forest High School 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) 275 lb (125 kg) 5.0 Jul 8,
2003 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: -- (OL)   Rivals: 66 (OL), -- (TX)
‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
Sources:

Nwaneri committed to Purdue University on July 8, 2003.[2] Nwaneri also had FBS scholarship offers from Kentucky, and Texas A&M.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Nwaneri saw limited action as a rookie during the Jaguars' 2007 playoff run, playing in 9 games with 1 start. The next season, he was elevated to starter after an injury to starting guard Vince Manuwai. In all, he appeared in 15 games during the 2008 season, starting 15 of them. He allowed 4.5 sacks during the season.

In 2009, Nwaneri and fellow guard Maurice Williams competed for the starting guard position opposite the returning Vince Manuwai. Nwaneri won the job; Williams was deactivated for much of the season before being released on December 5, 2009.[4] Nwaneri appeared in all 16 games, starting 13 of them. He was only credited with allowing one-half of a sack. Nwaneri was also not penalized during the 2009 season.[5]

He was released on March 4, 2014.[6]

Dallas CowboysEdit

Nwaneri signed with the Dallas Cowboys on June 25, 2014. He was cut during final roster cuts on August 30, 2014.

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