His return to the field will be a key piece to the puzzle at defensive end ... Gives the team additional veteran presence at the position ... Missed the 2007 season because of a knee injury, a disappointing blow for a projected starter ... Was a part-time starter during the 2005-06 seasons ... Noted for his all-out effort and solid fundamental performance ... Has played in 23 games, with 10 starts.
2007 (Junior): Missed the season because of a preseason knee injury.
2006 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games, including five starts ... Had 12 tackles, including season high of three stops in win over Mississippi State ... Member of the kickoff coverage team and punt coverage team ... Sustained broken hand in the win over Vanderbilt but returned to earn starting assignment against Tennessee.
2005 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 11 games ... Started five games when the regular ends missed contests because of injury ... Totaled 24 tackles, including a career-high five vs. Auburn ... Had two tackles for loss during the season.
2004 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Dedicated work in practice earned the UK Most Valuable Defensive Scout Team Player Award ... Also chosen the scout team player of the week once during the season.
High School: Highly-regarded defensive line prospect ... Three-year letterman and two-year starter as a defensive end at Northmont HS in Clayton, Ohio ... Second-team all-state as a junior and senior by the Ohio sportswriters ... First-team all-conference, all-district, and all-area in both years ... Standout senior campaign featured 109 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, eight quarterback sacks, two fumbles caused, one recovery, and two pass breakups ... Made 98 tackles, including seven sacks, as a junior ... Helped Northmont to a two-year record of 18-5, including state playoff appearances both seasons ... Ranked as one of the nation's top-30 defensive end prospects and the No. 37 prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com ... Listed as the No. 73 prospect in the six-state Midwest Region by SuperPrep ... Named All-Midwest Region by PrepStar... Played in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game ... Coached by Lance Schneider ... "Nii Adjei had an athletic edge over most kids," Schneider said. "He also was well-advanced with his pass-rush technique and knows how to use his hands. Kentucky is going to be very glad to have him." ... Played one year of basketball at Northmont ... A two-year letterman for the track and field team, competing in the discus throw ... Member of the school's honor society ... Nominated for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award ... Decided for Kentucky over Kansas State, Iowa, Michigan State, Louisville, and Pittsburgh.
Personal: Name is pronounced "KNEE ad-JAY o-NIN-coo" ... Born in Cincinnati, Ohio ... Son of Seth Oninku and Rebecca Oninku ... An uncle, Joe Fumi, played football at Marshall ... Another uncle, Steve Fumi, played football at Miami (Ohio) ... Major is human nutrition.
Oninku Career Statistics Year Position G-GS Tackles TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. FR FC 2005 Def. End 11-5 24 2-4 0 0 0 2006 Def. End 12-5 12 0.5-0 0 0 0 Totals 23-10 36 2.5-4 0 0 0