On Monday night, Liberty Athletics celebrated with its fifth annual FLAMESPY Award show during which football senior Chima Uzowihe was named the Male Athlete of the Year.
Uzowihe's on-the-field accomplishments were numerous for his final year with the Flames. He was named to the All-Big South first team, STATS FCS All-America second team, Associated Press FCS All-America second team and the Roanoke Times All-State first team.
Uzowihe became the first player in program history to be named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year. He was also one of 25 finalists for the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Year award.
The senior 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). The 2015 Big South Defensive Player of the Year also added a team-best six quarterback hurries, along with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
The senior 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.
Click here for a full recap on the 2016 FLAMESPY Award show evening.
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