September 4, 2009

Egbuniwe trying to be the next great DE

Anthony Egbuniwe is a red-shirt junior that has been slowly climbing the depth chart at defensive end since his arrival at Georgia Tech. The red-shirt junior transferred from Tulsa in 2007 and sat out a year under NCAA rules. He contributed last season mostly on special teams, but did see action as a reserve defensive lineman in three out of the last four games. So far this fall, he has made a big splash during practice and will now serve as the primary back up to Derrick Morgan at the bandit end position.

According to Egbuniwe, "I just want to be a true team player this year. When it is my time to make a play, I really want to make that play. I'll be the guy that gets the team up on third down, get those sacks and then get off the field."

He has had no trouble getting to the quarterback this offseason, which could be attributed to his hard work and dedication. Egbuniwe says that he has spent considerable time developing his game, especially his quickness getting into the backfield to disrupt the play. When asked about areas that he has worked to improve upon, he quickly responded, "speed. I really wanted to get faster this year. Hopefully I have accomplished that and we'll see as the games go on."

Egbuniwe plays with a lot of passion and emotion on the field. His personality is contagious and the energy level that he plays with can inspire fans and players alike. He gives credit to former Georgia Tech great and current NFL player, Michael Johnson. Johnson's influence on Egbuniwe affects every part of his game on and off the field.

"The person that I learned the most from is Mike Johnson with the Cincinnati Bengals," he said. "I learned from his character both off the field and on the field, including his hard work ethic. It's going to be difficult to replace that, but I'm just trying to be me, Anthony Egbuniwe, on the field."

There may never be another Michael Johnson, but Egbuniwe will bring his own high level of intensity to Grant Field.

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.

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