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Player Bio

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Uche Nwaneri
G #77
Height:
6-3
Weight:
310
College:
Purdue
Hometown:
Garland, Texas
Experience:
7
Offensive Line
YearTeamGGS
TOTAL 104 92
2013 JAC 16 16
2012 JAC 15 15
2011 JAC 16 16
2010 JAC 16 16
2009 JAC 16 13
2008 JAC 16 15
2007 JAC 9 1

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Biography

Seventh-year pro has emerged as one of the top guards in the NFL … Has started 76 of 88 games (16 at LG, 60 at RG) since joining the club as a fifth-round pick in 2007 … Has played in all 16 games in four of six seasons … Had streak of 60 straight starts snapped in 2012 as he missed the regular season finale with a concussion ... Can play both guard and center … Blocked for RB Maurice Jones-Drew who made three straight Pro Bowls … Moved into the starting lineup in 2008 and made 15 starts at LG, started 13 games at RG in 2009 and all 16 games at RG in 2010 and 2011 … Played in nine games with one start as a rookie … Regarded as one of the sleepers of the 2007 draft … Joined LB Akin Ayodele (2002) as only two players drafted from Purdue by the Jaguars …

TRANSACTIONS: Originally drafted in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2007 draft.

PRO: Seventh-year pro has emerged as one of the top guards in the NFL … Has started 76 of 88 games (16 at LG, 60 at RG) since joining the club as a fifth-round pick in 2007 … Has played in all 16 games in four of six seasons … Had streak of 60 straight starts snapped in 2012 as he missed the regular season finale with a concussion ... Can play both guard and center … Blocked for RB Maurice Jones-Drew who made three straight Pro Bowls … Moved into the starting lineup in 2008 and made 15 starts at LG, started 13 games at RG in 2009 and all 16 games at RG in 2010 and 2011 … Played in nine games with one start as a rookie … Regarded as one of the sleepers of the 2007 draft … Joined LB Akin Ayodele (2002) as only two players drafted from Purdue by the Jaguars …

2013: Updated stats

2012: Started 15 games at RG … Was inactive (head) for the season-finale … Started at RG in season-opener on 9/9 at MIN and missed three snaps with an ankle injury … Sat out a series on 10/21 at OAK with a leg injury but returned to the game … Left the game in the second quarter on 12/23 vs. NE with a head injury and did not return …

2011: Started all 16 games at RG for the second consecutive season … Marked fourth time in five seasons he played in every game … Started all 16 games at C for the third consecutive season and set franchise record for career games played (177) … Blocked for NFL rushing leader Maurice Jones-Drew who earned his third consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl … Jaguars ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing with 123.1 yards per game … Part of an offensive line that helped club produce 14 100-yard rushing games … Paved the way for 163 rushing yards in season-opener on 9/11 vs. TEN … Set a franchise-record by playing in his 172nd career game on 11/27 vs. HOU, surpassing Jimmy Smith (171) … Part of offense that produced a season-high 325 yards on 12/11 vs. TB … Helped Jones-Drew rush for a season-high 169 yards on 1/1 vs. IND

2010: Started all 16 games at RG for the first time in his career … Paved the way for a ground attack that ranked third in the NFL with 149.7 rushing yards per game, the second-highest average in franchise history … Offense set a franchise-record with four 200-yard rushing games including a record three straight … Helped Maurice Jones-Drew earn second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl … Protected David Garrard who set a single-season franchise record with 23 TD passes … Part of OL that helped offense rush for 216 yards on 10/10 at BUF … Offense totaled a season-high 491 yards of offense on 11/14 vs. HOU, the fourth-most in team history … Paved way for 258 rushing yards on a franchise-record 53 carries on 12/5 at TEN, the second-most rushing yards in franchise history … On 12/12 vs. OAK, he helped offense produce two 100-yard rushers (Rashad Jennings, 109; Maurice Jones-Drew, 101) for only the third time in franchise history …

2009: Played in all 16 games for the second consecutive season with 13 starts at RG … Saw limited action on 9/13 at IND and 9/20 vs. ARI9/27 at HOU: Saw extensive action at RG after Maurice Williams moved to RT to replaced injured Eben Britton … 10/4 vs. TEN: Made first start of the season at RG and helped team to 442 yards of offense including 323 passing yards by David Garrard, the third-most of his career … 10/18 vs. STL: Started at RG and helped offense to season-high 492 yards, the fourth-most in team history … 11/1 at TEN: Paved the way for season-high 217 rushing yards on 16 carries (13.6 avg.), the highest average per rush in the NFL since the 1970 merger  … 11/8 vs. KC: Offense produced 426 total yards including 173 on the ground …

2008: Started 15 of 16 games and did not miss a snap in the last 14 games … Moved into starting role at LG after season-ending injury to Vince Manuwai on opening day … 9/7 at TEN: Replaced RG Maurice Williams who left the game after the first series with a biceps injury.  Moved to LG when Manuwai was injured.  Injured knee in the first quarter but returned to finish the game at LG … 9/21 at IND: Started at LG and played the entire game.  Helped the Jaguars rush for season-high 236 yards and part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack …

2007: Appeared in nine games with one start … Saw extensive action on special teams … Was inactive for both postseason games … Saw action on special teams in first four games … Was inactive for seven games … 12/30 at HOU:  Made first career start at LG in place of rested starter Vince Manuwai in regular season finale.

COLLEGE: Played in 29 games at Purdue at LG … Offense ranked among nation’s best in total offense during career … Started all 14 games at LG as a senior and helped team rank 13th in the nation in total offense, averaging 415.7 yards per game … Suspended for the entire 2005 season and enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis before re-enrolling at Purdue … Started all 12 games at LG in 2004 and produced 44 knockdowns as part of an offensive line that helped the team rank fourth in the nation in passing offense at 321.2 yards per game … Appeared in three games as a redshirt freshman … Started career at DT before making the switch to the offensive line … Majored in law and society.

PERSONAL: Married (Michele) … Resides in Garland, Texas. … Was born in Dallas … Parents are of Nigerian descent  … Attended Naaman Forest (Garland, Texas) High … Rated the 48th-best DT in the nation by Student Sports Magazine as a senior … Recorded 57 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior … Played in the Coca-Cola Classic All-Star Game … Also participated in track … Cousin, Ike Diogu, plays in the NBA … Has nine tattoos and opened a tattoo parlor, Inkaholiks, in 2011 in Atlanta ... Held monthly event, “Gaming 4 The Cause,” at Sneakers Sports Grille during the 2009 and 2010 seasons to benefit the Daniel Home … Served food to the homeless in 2009 at Clara White Mission ... Participated in fundraiser as a celebrity bowler for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Northeast Florida ...  Makes numerous school visits each year ... Supported Shop with a Jock event at Wal-Mart in December of 2008 for more than 50 children from the Bridge of Northeast Florida and the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation … Visited Mandarin Middle School in 2009 to reward students for their work in the Super Bowl of Caring Program ... Teamed up with Activision Publishing and Pro vs. GI Joe in an online video game showdown in December of 2009 with military troops stationed across the world from the Touchdown Club at EverBank Field … Attended several Team Teal events in 2010 … Supports and attends team sponsored events including Operation Blessing and Jaguars Sponsor Golf Tournament … Participated in the 2011 Heal Zoo Walk to raise money for autism programs in Northeast Florida … Full name: Uchechukwu Nwaneri … Twitter handle is @Chuckwu77 … Name pronounced: OO-chay wah-NEHR-ee.

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