No. 17/16 Northwestern closes nonconference slate Sept. 21 vs. Maine
2014: Redshirt sophomore ... Specializes as a third-down pass-rusher off the edge and boasts 8.5 sacks and 9.5 TFLs on 17.0 career tackles ... Deflected pass that led to Jimmy Hall's interception against Wisconsin ... Collected third sack of the season at Penn State ... Against Western Illinois, became just the fourth player in Big Ten history, and the first since Iowa's Bob Sanders in 2003, to record three forced fumbles in the same game ... Finished with three tackles, 2.0 sacks and one fumble recovery against the Leathernecks ... Two tackles against NIU ... Credited with a QB hurry against Cal ... Named NU's Defensive Player of the Game vs. Western Illinois.
2013: Redshirt freshman ... Third-down pass-rushing specialist ... 6.5 of 9.0 tackles on the year went for a loss ... Ranked second on the team with 5.5 sacks ... Made a career-high two tackles and registered a sack at Nebraska ... Notched a sack in second-straight contest vs. Minnesota ... Recorded second career sack at Wisconsin ... Had a critical QB hurry that led to an interception by Chi Chi Ariguzo against Ohio State ... Recorded a tackle and fumble recovery against Maine ... Credited with a QB hurry against Western Michigan ... Registered one of four NU sacks in season opener at Cal.
2012: Appeared in one game (vs. Vanderbilt) before suffering a season-ending injury ... Received a medical hardship waiver and did not use a year of eligibility.
High School: ESPN.com four-star (ESPNU 150), Under Armour All-American and SuperPrep All-America selection ... Ranked as No. 51 overall prospect by ESPN.com ... Ranked sixth-best defensive end and No. 1 player in the Midwest Region and Ohio by ESPN.com ... Ranked No. 5 linebacker, No. 9 defensive end and No. 109 overall prospect nationally by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 99 in the Rivals.com Rivals 100 ... SuperPrep All-Midwest selection, ranked as No. 20 overall prospect in the region and No. 19 linebacker in the nation ... Ranked No. 98 overall prospect in the nation, eighth nationally among linebackers and fifth overall prospect in Ohio by 247Sports ... All-region, all-state and all-area player of the year ... Selected by USA Football to the 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team ... Competed in the Under Armour All-American Game and International Bowl ... Recorded 90 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a junior and 50 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a senior, totaling 140 tackles and 19 sacks for Centerville ... Led Centerville to a 7-4 record in 2011 and a Greater Western Ohio Conference championship ... Also lettered in track for four years, anchoring his team to a third-place finish in the 4x200 relays at the State Championships ... Coached by Ron Ullery.
Personal: Born Ifeadi Kachakwu Anthony Odenigbo ... Son of Linda and Thomas Odenigbo ... First member of his family born in the United States ... Middle of three children ... Attended same high school as A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent of the NFL and ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit ... Major is undeclared.