A name like Jeremiah Attaochu is sometimes difficult to say, and it’s a lot different from the average name and that represents the type of player that Attaochu is quite well. No other 6’3″ 242 lb defensive force is going to play with the toughness that Attaochu will, and push as much he pushes himself on every single down that he plays.
Attaochu has been a force for this Georgia Tech defense for quite sometime, or at least it seems like we’ve heard his name be thrown around for quite sometime.
The Yellow Jackets’ senior defensive end has an interesting story to go along with his name and character on and off the field. He is originally from Nigeria, and started playing the sport of football for the first time in the 9th grade because he said he was tired of just watching it. And boy wasn’t that a great choice to make in his life.
Attaochu burst onto the scene in 201o as a true freshman, appearing in all 12 games. That season he finished the year with 23 tackles and also got the first 3 sacks of his career. Also to add to his stellar freshman year, in the Independence Bowl against Air Force he recorded a career high 6 tackles but the Yellow Jackets fell short by the score of 14-7.
His sophomore season would be his coming out party. It was his way of showing everyone that’s he’s here and he’s here for a while and you can’t stop him. He received his first award of many, an All-ACC honorable mention selection. Appearing in 11 games and starting 10 of those 11 he led the team in sacks led the team in tackles for loss and ranked third on the team in total tackles with an impressive 59. Attaochu made a huge statement and showed his presence can be dominant in the season opener where he racked up five tackles had a sack and even recovered a fumble.
The next year, Attoachu started and played in 13 games out of 14, was yet again an All-ACC honorable mention selection. The same season he recorded 69 tackles and had 10 sacks on the year that were tired for seventh most single season sacks in Georgia Tech history.
Attoachu started this season with high expectations by making the switch to defensive end in the spring, and was also featured on multiple preseason award lists. Attaochu will make an outstanding NFL player. Several scouts have been raving about his grit and how hard he plays out there. Attaochu will make an impact with any NFL team that drafts him at either defensive end or linebacker or really anywhere they put him on the field.