The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about all of them. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2018 season.
#29 Ovie Oghoufo
Ovie Oghoufo came to Notre Dame as the least-heralded prospect in a fantastic linebacker haul that included Jack Lamb, Bo Bauer, and Shayne Simon. At 6’3” and 217 pounds, he definitely comes in as the linebacker least ready to play physically, just because of how slight he is at that weight.
However, there’s a ton to be excited about with Oghoufo, as his light weight does allow for him to move around the field with excellent speed and athleticism, and he was an incredible playmaker in high school (as a senior last year, he had 106 tackles, 31 TFLs and 11 sacks on defense while also snaring 32 passes for 529 yards and seven TDs on offense). Fans should be very excited for a version of Oghoufo in a couple years that’s built out his frame to add strength to that speed and athleticism and wreak absolute havoc in opponents’ backfields.
3 Things To Know About Ovie Oghoufo
- He grew up a Michigan fan and even had a cousin play there (Mario Ojemudia). However, he chose Notre Dame due to a combination of tradition, family, and love at first sight. He’s clearly a smart, mature kid to make such a decision and admit how wrong it was to be a Wolverines fan.
- He was one of the Notre Dame record 7 early enrollees this past January, along with fellow linebackers Jack Lamb and Bo Bauer, DB Houston Griffith, WR Micah Jones, TE George Takacs, and RB Jahmir Smith
- He attended the same high school as Khalid Kareem (Harrison High School)
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Ovie loves the dead emoji and ribs and has a hidden talent for drawing!
Country, Condiment, or Canon
Identifying the player as either a country, condiment, or member of the Star Wars Canon.
Avocado (one that’s not yet ripe).
I know Dexter Williams was already dubbed the Avocado of this Notre Dame football team, and rightfully so.
But what I see in Oghoufo is the unripened version of that. He’s got so much potential to be versatile and effective in so many different ways — in coverage, rushing the passer, running sideline to sideline to bring down opposing ball carriers, etc. — just like avocado can be great in tacos/burritos, on top of burgers, as guacamole dip, in salads, etc.
However, just like a not-yet-ripe avocado, Ovie Oghoufo needs more time to firm up his body to be ready for consuming (consuming opposing offenses, that is). Give him some time, plug him into the defensive recipe when the moment is right, and I think we’ll see some delectable results.
As I said above, Oghoufo just doesn’t have the physical tools yet to be a contributor on the field. His athleticism could be used on special teams for sure, but I have a feeling Brian Kelly and Clark Lea will want to save a year of Oghoufo’s eligibility and have him redshirt, bulking up in order to prepare for the next few years of Ovie making plays all over the field for the Irish defense.