Sat out contact in the spring while he recovered from injury ... Should be ready to go in August ... Two-year regular at defensive end ... His previous three seasons have been a steady upward trajectory, giving hope that his senior season will be his best ... Displays excellent speed and has the potential to be an outstanding pass rusher ... Has played 35 games, starting 24 ... Has finished his bachelor's degree in community communications and leadership developmen and is adding a second major this fall.
2011 (Junior): Played in nine games, missing three in midseason because of injury ... Led UK's defensive linemen in sacks (2.5) and tackles for loss (6.5) ... Had a career-high seven tackles in the win over Central Michigan, including two TFL ... Had a crucial fumble recovery and a sack in the win over Tennessee.
2010 (Sophomore): Started every game at defensive end with 26 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack ... Good game against Tennessee, posting three tackles and a quarterback hurry ... Posted a career-high six tackles vs. Auburn and Florida ... Got a sack in the win vs. WKU.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 13 games ... Drew three starting assignments ... Totaled 14 tackles, including 1.5 for loss ... Had a season high of three tackles in three games ... Had a quarterback sack vs. Florida. 2008 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Was named a Scout Team Player of the Week on three occasions, twice on defense and once on special teams.
High School: Defensive end noted for his speed and quickness ... Set a school career record with 43 tackles for loss at La Vergne (Tenn.) HS ... Played only seven games his senior season because of injury, but totaled 86 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks, three fumbles caused, and one fumble recovery ... All-region as a junior and senior ... Named to the all-area team as a senior by the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal ... Honorable-mention all-state ... Three-year starter who helped lead La Vergne to state playoff appearances his sophomore and junior seasons ... Has run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds ... Coached by Will Hester ... Member of school's basketball team that won four consecutive district championships and two regional titles ... Competed in the shot put and discus throw for the track and field team.
Personal: Born in Nashville, Tenn. ... Name is pronounced "OOK-woo" ... Son of Edwin and Susan Ukwu ... Adding second major in sociology after finishing his first degree in community communications and leadership development.
Community Cats: Helped with the Big Blue U Move-In (2011).