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We Need to Talk about Emmanuel Ogbah

No. 38 is an absolute beast.



Emmanuel Ogbah is currently having one of the best seasons by a defensive end in Oklahoma State history. That’s not hyperbole either.

Bill Haisten laid out the numbers here, but Ogbah (6.5 sacks so far his season) is probably going to challenge the single-season sacks record currently held by Leslie O’Neal at 16. He’s certainly going to threaten the top five for a single year.

1. O’Neal (16)
2. Gary Lewis (14)
3. Greg Richmond (12.5)
3. Jason Gildon (12.5)
5. O’Neal (12)

“I’m aware of (O’Neal),” Ogbah told the Tulsa World. “I like breaking records, so I actually have that in my mind.”

Ogbah is currently in the top five both in the Big 12 and nationally when it comes to sacks and tackles for loss per game on the team in the country that’a better at it than anyone.

All this while being double and triple-teamed and remaining the focus of opposing offense. It’s incredibly impressive.


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“He’s in a difficult situation, to be the age he is and be a potential 1st round pick,” said Mike Gundy earlier this week. “You know, the value of his future, and to be able to be able to set that aside and practice and perform and give some leadership skills like he has is very rare.”

What abut on a technical level?

“When he gets going, coming around the corner, he’s pretty good. His best years are ahead of him. He really didn’t start training until he got here with (strength coach Rob Glass).”

Like this?

“His best years are ahead of him. When he’s 24-25-26 years old, he’s really going to take off,” noted Gundy. “He looks like one of those guys that makes people think, ‘Why would you want to play quarterback in the NFL?’”

That’s high praise from Gundy, but Ogbah is worthy. If you look back at the way other teams handle OSU’s defense, you can tell everything hinges around No. 38. He’s lived up to the hype so far. OSU’s slim Big 12 title hopes might rest upon how much more he can bring.

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