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Uzowihe Named Finalist for STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award

November 25, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Uzowihe Named Finalist for STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award

Liberty's defensive end Chima Uzowihe has been named one of 25 finalist for the 2015 STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year award.

Yesterday, Uzowihe became the first player in Liberty history to be named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the winner, which is based on the regular season.

The top three vote recipients be invited to the announcement of the winner at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 8, 2016, in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the FCS national championship game.

Uzowihe finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles (34 solo, 18 assisted), including 17.0 tackles for a loss (86 yards) and 8.0 sacks (62 yards). He also added a team-best six quarterback hurries, along with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.

The senior, who is a three-time All-Big South first-team honoree (2013, 2014 and 2015), led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in tackles for a loss (1.5 per game). He also led the conference and ranked No. 18 in the nation in sacks per game (0.73).

The native of Houston, Texas, finished his career with a program and Big South-best 25.0 sacks. His 44.0 career tackles for a loss ranks second in program history and third in the Big South record book. During his four-year career, he recorded 150 tackles (84 solo, 66 assisted), 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The senior also tallied four blocked kicks during his career, spotlighted by a blocked field goal attempt on the game's final play against No. 1/1 Coastal Carolina, last year. Uzowihe's fourth career blocked kick sealed a 15-14 upset win over the Chanticleers and pushed the Flames into the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the first time in program history.

2015 STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Year Award Finalist
(Stats through the completion of the regular season)

Kourtney Berry, LB, Alabama State
120 TT (52 solo), 5 TFL, 1 SK, 2 FR (10 games)

Don Cherry, LB, Villanova
88 TT (36 solo), 12.5 TFL, 3 SK, 1 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF, 1 TD (11 games)

James Cowser, DE, Southern Utah
62 TT (29 solo), 17 TFL, 11 SK, 3 QBH, 2 FR with 100 return yards and 1 TD, 3 FF (11 games)

Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga
36 TT (26 solo), 14 TFL, 10.5 SK, 6 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FR (11 games)

Dee Delaney, CB, The Citadel
41 TT (32 solo), 5 INTs with 86 return yards and 1 TD; 8 PBU, 1 FR with 1 TD, 2 FF, 1 BLK (11 games)

Tyler Drake, LB, Penn
80 TT (45 solo), 12.5 TFL, 8.5 SK, 2 INTs, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 4 FF (10 games)

Deiondre' Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
69 TT (48 solo), 4.5 TFL, 6 INTs with 100 return yards and 2 TDs, 3 PBU, 2 FF (11 games)

P.J. Hall, DE, Sam Houston State
48 TT (33 solo), 13 TFL, 7 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF (11 games)

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State
59 TT (43 solo), 22 TFL, 13.5 SK, 11 QBH, 2 BLK (11 games)

Stephen Hodge, LB, Fordham
109 TT (61 solo), 10.5 TFL, 2.5 SK, 3 INTs with 1 TD, 3 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR, 2 FF, 1 BLK (11 games)

Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana
77 TT (28 solo), 17.5 TFL, 14 SK, 7 QBH, 2 FF (11 games)

Jermaine Hough, CB, Jacksonville State
27 TT (14 solo), 2 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 2 PBU (11 games)

DeAndre Houston-Carson, FS, William & Mary
86 TT (52 solo), 4.5 TFL, 1 SK, 4 INTs with 124 return yards and 1 TD, 1 FF, 2 BLK (11 games)

John Hugunin, LB, Drake
115 TT (68 solo), 15 TFL, 5 SK, 2 INTs, 4 PBU, 2 QBH, 3 FR, 9 FF, 1 BLK, 1 SAF (11 games)

Deon King, LB, Norfolk State
163 TT (77 solo), 11 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 2 PBU, 1 FF (11 games)

Christian Kuntz, LB, Duquesne
65 TT (42 solo), 23 TFL, 9 SK, 4 INTs with 2 TDs, 6 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF (11 games)

O.J. Mau, NT, Gardner-Webb
60 TT (26 solo), 14 TFL, 4.5 SK, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, 1 BLK (11 games)

Harlan Miller, Southeastern Louisiana
49 TT (40 solo), 5.5 TFL, 4 INTs with 76 return yards, 10 PBU, 1 BLK (11 games)

Victor Ochi, DE, Stony Brook
47 TT (29 solo), 16.5 TFL, 13 SK, 1 QBH, 1 FF (10 games)

Patrick Onwuasor, S, Portland State
75 TT (39 solo), 2 TFL, 9 INTs with 157 return yards (11 games)

Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State
52 TT (38 solo), 15.5 TFL, 8 SK, 13 QBH, 1 FF (11 games)

Darnell Sankey, LB, Sacramento State
153 TT (57 solo), 9 TFL, 3.5 SK, 5 PBU, 1 FF (11 games)

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
63 TT (31 solo), 22.5 TFL, 11.5 SK, 15 QBH, 2 FR, 3 FF (11 games)

Myke Tavarres, LB, Incarnate Word
110 TT (66 solo), 22.5 TFL, 8.5 SK, 5 PBU, 7 QBH, 3 FF (11 games)

Chima Uzowihe, DE, Liberty
52 TT (34 solo), 17 TFL, 8 SK, 4 PBU, 6 QBH, 1 FF (11 games)