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NFL CAREER – Possessing a unique combination of size and speed and the ability to play several positions on the defensive line, this Lagos, Nigeria native earned a spot on New Orleans' defensive line rotation in his rookie campaign after enjoying a productive college career north of the border at the University of Manitoba, as the first member of the Bisons program to be drafted, when the Saints added this gifted athlete.
NFL CAREER – Possessing a unique combination of size and speed and the ability to play several positions on the defensive line, this Lagos, Nigeria native earned a spot on New Orleans' defensive line rotation in his rookie campaign after enjoying a productive college career north of the border at the University of Manitoba, as the first member of the Bisons program to be drafted, when the Saints added this gifted athlete. Onyemata flourished in 2019 with a formidable Saints defensive front that ranked second in the NFL in sacks and fourth in run defense, starting all 15 games he played in, recording 32 tackles, three sacks and one pass defensed. He signed a ??-year contract at the beginning of the offseason and is in prime position to be a dominant force on New Orleans' defensive front for years to come.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Re-signed to a three-year contract, 3/19/20; Signed to a four-year contract, 5/18/16; Selected by the Saints in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
2018 – Started all 15 regular season games he played and tallied 32 tackles, three sacks and one pass defensed in helping with a run defense that ranked fourth in the National Football League…Notched three tackles and one sack vs. Dallas, Sept. 29…Had two solo tackles and a sack vs. Carolina, Nov. 24…In the Wild Card Game against Minnesota, 1/5/20, had three tackles. 2018 – Played in all 16 games with four starts in 2018, Onyemata posted 36 tackles, in helping with a run defense that ranked second in the NFL, adding a career-high 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defensed. Played in both postseason contests making one start, and tallied four tackles (two solo). At Dallas, Nov. 29, played on defense and special teams and tallied a career-high three sacks, as part of a career-high seven-tackle effort (four solo) with one forced fumble…At Carolina, Dec. 17, played on defense and special teams, recording two solo tackles and one sack…Vs. Carolina, Dec. 30, played on defense and special teams and tallied two tackles (one solo) and a split sack. 2017 – Played in all 16 games with starts in last six contests and tallied a career-high 40 tackles, two sacks and a pass defensed. In two postseason contests, posted three tackles…Recorded his first career sack in the win over Miami at London's Wembley Stadium, Oct. 1. Part of a line that held Miami to 86 yards rushing in 20-0 shutout…Recorded four assisted tackles and a split sack vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 5…Starting with contest at Los Angeles Rams, Nov. 26, where he had two assisted tackles, opened last six games following season-ending injury to DE Alex Okafor…Recorded two tackles in the Divisional Round at Minnesota, 1/14/18. 2016 – Appeared in 16 games in his rookie season, totaling 32 tackles, 15 of which were solo stops…Saw action on defense and on special teams in the team's season opener vs. Oakland, Sept. 11, recording two tackles (one solo)…Saw action on defense vs. Carolina, Oct. 16 and recorded a career-high five tackles…Played on defense vs. Los Angeles Rams, Nov. 27, posting three tackles (one solo)…Vs. Detroit, Dec. 4, recorded four tackles (one solo).
COLLEGE – Over 37 career games at the University of Manitoba, he posted 166 tackles, 9.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, becoming the first member of the Bisons program to be drafted…As a senior, was named a Canada West all-star for the second straight campaign, an all-Canadian for the first time and claimed the J.P. Metras Trophy as the top down lineman in CIS football. Second in the conference and ninth in the country with five sacks in eight league games and ranked second in Canada West in tackles for a loss (7.5) and 12th in overall tackles (38.5). Overall in nine contests, all which he started at nose tackle, made 50 stops, five sacks, one pass defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…Selected to play in East West Shrine game…Started all eight conference games as junior and made 3.5 tackles for losses while registering 1.5 sacks, as part of 28 total tackles…Played in 11 games with 10 starts at nose tackle and posted 52 tackles and 2.5 sacks…As a sophomore, tallied 53 tackles, six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pass defensed, starting all 11 games he played in at nose tackle…In his first season of organized football, played in seven games and recorded 11 tackles, four tackles for loss and one split sack…Graduated with a degree in Environmental Science.
PERSONAL – Last name is pronounced "un-ye-mat-tah"…Attended the Chrisland Schools in Lagos, Nigeria…Did not play football until entering college, but played soccer as a youth…Played in Saints Hall of Fame golf tournaments in New Orleans and Biloxi, Miss. in 2018…Participated in a football camp at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center for youth from St. Michael's Special School in the 2019 offseason…In 2019, participated in "#DoRight4LA Day with the New Orleans Saints and Dudley DeBosier" volunteering with teammates to completion renovations to the exterior of a house…Born Ebuka Onyemata on Nov. 13, 1992.