The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. 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 2020 season.
#91 Adetokunbo Ogundeji
Next up for the Irish is fifth year senior Ade Ogundeji, the 6’4 253 lb defensive end from West Bloomfield, Michigan. Considered a wildcard recruit with high upside, Ade has definitely delivered and solidified himself as a clear starter on the opposite side of Daelin Hayes. Though often overshadowed by now NFL players Julian Okwara and Khalid Kareem, Ade has accumulated 56 tackles, 10 TFL, and 6 sacks over the past two years (34, 7, 4.5 in 2019). Those numbers are nothing to balk about and he has the length, athleticism, and now experience to become a household name in 2020.
Did you know wildebeest can run up to 50 MPH?!? They are also massive and would be an ideal defensive end. Check the big fella above who looks like he is dipping and ripping around a tackle to get to the quarterback. Nature is Neat.
Ade will see an increase in both playing time and production with the departure of Okwara/Kareem. He will be firmly entrenched in the starting role and has a very good chance to lead the team in sacks. He also has a huge opportunity ahead of him as he looks to hear his name called for the NFL draft in 2021. He seems like someone who would test really well at the combine and could easily see himself as an early day 2 selection with increased production. Here is to more fumble recoveries for touchdowns in 2020 and as always, GO IRISH.