September 22, 2009

Nwachukwu a name to pronounce

Texas A&M true freshman wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu doesn't have an easy name to pronounce, WA-CHA-KU. Once you get the hang of it, though, it kind of rolls off the tongue.

But most, even his coaches and teammates can't pronounce his name correctly. That's why everyone calls him by his nickname - EZ.

"I just call him EZ because I don't want to butcher his name. I think he likes it," said A&M junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson. "It's just kind of fallen on him and he's embraced it so we just call him EZ."

After a four-touchdown performance against Utah State Saturday, however, EZ's full name needs to be learned to be pronounced properly. Nwachukwu, a 6-foot, 189-pound freshman from Allen had the biggest scoring output by freshman in A&M history in A&M's 38-30 win over Utah State Saturday. On four touches he scored four touchdowns to eclipse the freshman record of three touchdowns set by running back Leeland McElroy in 1992.

Nwachukwu scored on a 39-yard reverse and receptions of 31, 16 and 50 yards. Overall he had three catches for three touchdowns and 101 yards to go along with the one carry for 39 yards and a touchdown.

More days like that and WA-CHA-KU will be a pronunciation that coaches, teammates and Aggie fans will all know well.

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