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Junior Onyeali

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Denver, Colo.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 241





2013 Spring Football Prospectus

A look back at the 2012 Sun Devil football season as well as a recap of spring action and a look at the 2013 football season.


2012 Football Season in Review

The Sun Devils finished their first season under new head coach Todd Graham with an 8-5 record.


ASU Football Closes Out 2012 Season Versus Navy in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

The Sun Devils will play the Midshipmen on Dec. 29 and can be watched on ESPN2.


ASU Football Heads to Tucson for Territorial Cup Showdown

The Sun Devils will wrap up the regular season against rival Arizona.


Sun Devil Football Hosts Washington State on Senior Day

The Devils kick off at 1 p.m. MT against the Cougars on Pac-12 Network.



View photos from the Sun Devils final home game against Washington State


Arizona State vs. Oregon State (AP)

Arizona State vs. Oregon State (AP)


Arizona State vs. UCLA - AP Photo Gallery

Arizona State vs. UCLA - AP Photo Gallery


Arizona State vs UC Davis

Arizona State vs UC Davis, 9/1/11

Arizona State DE Junior Onyeali eyes breakout year on defensive line (Arizona Republic/Aug. 16, 2011)

A conversation with ASU's Junior Onyeali ( 9, 2011)

ASU's Junior Onyeali named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week (The Arizona Republic/Nov. 1, 2010)

ASU freshman defensive end Junior Onyeali boosts pass rush (Arizona Republic/Oct. 12, 2010)

ASU: Outstanding all-around athlete with size, strength and speed...effective in run support, as well as pressuring the quarterback....ASU's top defensive high school signee for the 2010 class...tremendously powerful, explosive and very difficult to block as an edge rusher... has the ability to overpower and outrun offensive linemen.

2012:Scored his first career touchdown on a fumble recovery against Oregon State (11/4)... Had 17 tackles on the season, 8.0 coming for a loss... Posted 6.0 sacks for 31 yards, ranking fourth on the team in the category.... Two of those sacks came against Cal (9/29)... In 2011, registered 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack and three tackles for loss all came vs California schools (UC Davis, UCLA)...registered a season-high four tackles vs Pac-12 foe Cal... Missed chunk of 2011-12 season to injury... Was the Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2010 and named to the Rivals Freshman All-America squad....

2011: A powerful, physically mature youngster who appeared in eight games, starting seven...missed a chunk of games mid-season with a meniscus tear...registered 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack...relentless pass rusher who frequently overpowers opposing tackles...three tackles for loss all came vs California schools (UC Davis, UCLA)...registered a season-high four tackles vs Pac-12 foe Cal.

2010: Second ASU player in as many seasons to be named the Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year...also named Rivals 2010 Freshman All-American squad...led the Sun Devils and all Pac-10 freshmen with 10.5 sacks for a loss of 67 yards...of his 18 stops this season, 11.5 were for loss....played in every game this season...started five straight in mid-season beginning with Washington Huskies...first career sack Oct. 23 vs third career start earned Pac-10 player of the week honors for his four tackle (all solo and all for a loss) three sack and two forced fumbles in 42-0 win vs Washington State...first ASU true freshman to earn such the honor since Anthony Parker did so in 1984....dropped UCLA quarterback Richard Brehaurt early in the fourth quarter for minus 12 yards...had one of two sacks vs rival Arizona to help secure Territoral Cup win for ASU.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2010 graduate of Mullen High School in Denver, Colo...earned Second-Team All-America honors by as a four-star prospect by the No. 48 overall prospect in the Midlands region in the preseason...was named the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year in the state of Colorado and earned All-Colorado and All-Class 5A honors by the Denver Post...ranked as the No. 18 strong side defensive end in the nation and the No. 3 overall prospect in the state of Colorado by as the No. 56 defensive end recruit in the country by 16 quarterback sacks and approximately 90 tackles as a senior in 2009...helped lead Mullen to an undefeated season and the Colorado Class 5A state championship...recorded over 100 tackles and 19 sacks as a junior in 2008...verbally committed to the Sun Devils on Dec. 30, 2009...Chose ASU over TCU, Minnesota and Syracuse...coached by Dave Logan at Mullen High School.

PERSONAL: Exploratory major...full name is Nduka Onyeali....first name means "Life's more important than money."



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