Mike Elko has seen his Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive line take a hit with Daniel Cage sitting the year out due to concussions, which could open the door for our next man up in our player profile series in Pete Mokwuah.
Mokwuah, a senior, only saw action in four games last season and recorded one solo tackle against Miami. He entered the spring at third on the depth chart behind Cage and Jerry Tillery. Now being bumped up to the second slot, we might see more of Mokwuah this season. So let’s get to know him.
3 things to know about Pete Mokwuah:
- His uncle Gabe Makwuah was a 1992 draft pick by the Green Bay Packers
- Hails from Staten Island, where he was first-team New York all-city pick in 2013
- His lone tackle in 2016 was actually a very important one, a stop at the line of scrimmage with Miami on the Notre Dame 24 yard line, holding Miami to a field goal in which the Irish won in the final minute.
YouTube Hot Fire:
Here’s his announcement from a few years back followed by some high school clips of Mokwuah looking like a giant among boys.
I, RyChi, dub thee:
Lord Markuah! Unconfirmed reports say a certain Shrek character was based off his name.
The loss of Cage will help Mokwuah’s playing time, but the starting nose tackle spot remains Tillery’s. We may see five snaps or so a week for Mokwuah, but not much more unless he shows some incredible uptick in production that he hadn’t shown in the past three years.
Mokuwah wasn’t the most highly touted recruit and was more of a help to the scout team in his Notre Dame career, but perhaps a new defensive coach and system will help awaken a new level of play from the senior.