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Ndamukong Suh
Nebraska CornhuskersNo. 93
Defensive tackle Redshirt Senior
Major: Construction management
Date of birth: January 6, 1987 (1987-01-06) (age 23)
Place of birth: Portland, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career history
High school: Grant High School,
Portland, Oregon
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Rivals.com

Ndamukong Suh (pronounced /ɛnˈdɑːməkɨn ˈsuː/; born January 6, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in his senior year.


Early years

Suh attended Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, where he earned Parade All-America honors and was voted the 2004 Portland Interscholastic League Defensive Player of the Year and the state Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Suh was ranked sixth among defensive tackle prospects in the nation.[1]

College career

As a true freshman at Nebraska in 2005, Suh played in the first two games and had an assisted tackle against Wake Forest before missing the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery. He received a medical redshirt.

In 2006, Suh played in all 14 games as a backup defensive lineman and earned freshman All-Big 12 honors from The Sporting News. Despite coming off the bench, he finished the year with 19 total tackles, and ranked among the team leaders in tackles for loss (8) and quarterback sacks (3½). In his sophomore season, Suh started in 11 of the Cornhuskers' 12 games, and recorded 34 total tackles on the season.

As a junior in 2008, Suh recorded a team-high 76 tackles, 7½ sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) and a touchdown reception while playing fullback. He became the first Nebraska defensive lineman to lead the team in tackles since 1973. Suh earned First-team All-Big 12 honors in 2008, the first Nebraska interior defensive lineman to earn those honors since Steve Warren in 1999.

In 2009 Suh registered 82 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks and had 26 quarterback hurries, 23 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, three blocked kicks, and one interception, including 12 tackles (seven for losses, a school single-game record) and 4½ sacks in a 13-12 loss to the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship Game, for which he received game MVP honors. He helped Huskers defense rank first nationally in scoring defense (10.4 ppg), tied for second in total sacks (44), first in pass efficiency defense (87.3), seventh in total defense (272.0 ypg), ninth in rushing defense (93.1 ypg) and 18th in passing defense (178.9 ypg). He also played all four quarters versus Arizona in the 2009 Holiday Bowl, recording the first shutout in the bowl's 32-year history.[2] He was a consensus First-team All-American and earned consensus First-team All-Big 12 honors and was the Associated Press National Player of the Year, Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year, the Defensive Lineman of the Year, and a Heisman Trophy finalist.


College awards

On December 3, 2009, Suh was named as one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Award. On November 24, 2009, Suh was named one of three finalists for the 2009 Outland Trophy, alongside Mike Iupati and Russell Okung.[3] On November 10, Suh was selected one of four finalists for the 2009 Lombardi Award, the first Cornhusker to receive this honor since Dominic Raiola in 2000.[4] In October 2009, Suh was named to The Sporting News and CBS Sports midseason All-American team.[5][6] Suh began season at No. 3 on Rivals.com′s preseason defensive tackle power ranking.[7] He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list.[8]

On December 7, 2009, Suh was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.[9] Later that evening, Suh was named the 2009 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner as the top defensive player in the nation.[10] CBS Sportsline also named Suh their Defensive Player of the Year. The Touchdown Club of Columbus named Suh the winner of the Bill Willis Trophy on December 9, 2009. [11] That same evening Suh won the Lombardi Award for the top collegiate lineman or linebacker.[12] On December 10, at the ESPN College Football Awards show, Suh was selected as the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's best defensive player and took home the Outland Trophy for the best interior lineman.[13] Suh finished fourth in the Heisman race, accumulating 815 points, which is the highest total by a fourth-place finisher for the Heisman in its history.[14] He was also one of four unanimous selections to the AP First-team All-America in 2009.[15] Suh was named the 2009 AP Player of Year, becoming the first defensive player to receive the award in its history.[16]

Career statistics

2005 Nebraska 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 Nebraska 14 0 19 12 7 8 0 1 1 0 2 0 0
2007 Nebraska 12 11 34 22 12 6 1 2 0 0 1 4 1 0
2008 Nebraska 13 13 76 39 37 19 3 2 1 0 7 2 2
2009 Nebraska 14 14 85 52 33 24 12 10 1 1 0 28 3 0
Career Totals 54 38 214 125 89 57 24 15 4 3 1 41 6 2

Professional career

2010 NFL Draft

Suh is widely considered to be one of the best prospects available in the 2010 NFL Draft,[17][18][19][20][21] ESPN.com's draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. describes Suh as "maybe the most dominating defensive tackle I've seen in 32 years" and projects him to go #1 overall to the St. Louis Rams.[22] Suh is seen as an ideal fit at either defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense or as a defensive end in a 3-4 NFL defense.[23] To prepare for the NFL Draft and signing Suh signed with Maximum Sports Management, and agent Roosevelt Barnes, will serve as Suh's lead agent. For off the field marketing activities, Suh signed with The Agency Sports Management & Marketing,[24] where Russ Spielman will serve as lead agent. At the NFL Combine, Suh bench pressed 225 lbs 32 times and had an incredible 35.5 inch vertical leap, the highest for a defensive tackle since 2000. According to Barnes: "He is not a hard worker; he is a relentless worker." [25]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′3⅞″ 307 lb 33½ in. 10¼ in. 4.98 35½ in. 8′9″ 32 rep
All values from NFL Combine[26]


Suh’s mother, Bernadette (née Lennon), was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and is a graduate of Southern Oregon University, while his father, Michael, hails from Cameroon and played semi-pro soccer in Germany for a few years while working as a machinist. They met and were married in Portland, Oregon in 1982 after he was accepted to a trade school in the area.[27] In the Ngema tribe in Cameroon, Ndamukong means "House of Spears."[28]

Suh has three sisters and is the second oldest of the four siblings.[29] His older sister, Odette Lennon Ngum Suh, played soccer collegiately at Mississippi State University and is currently a midfielder on the Cameroon women's national football team.[27]


  1. ^ "Rivals.com Defensive tackles 2005". Rivals.com. 2005-01-18. http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=879. 
  2. ^ "Huskers harass Cats in first Holiday Bowl shutout". http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200912300023. 
  3. ^ Griffin, Tom (November 24, 2009), "Okung, Suh named Outland Trophy finalists", ESPN, http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/14004/okung-suh-named-outland-trophy-finalists 
  4. ^ "Suh finalist for Lombardi Award", Grand Island Independent, November 10, 2009, http://www.theindependent.com/articles/2009/11/10/sports/huskers_hq/doc4afa480414670088679799.txt 
  5. ^ "SN's midseason All-Americans: Defense", Sporting News, October 20, 2009, http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2009-10-20/sns-midseason-all-americans-defense 
  6. ^ "CBSSports.com 2009 Midseason All-America Team", CBS Sports, October 22, 2009, http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/12399036 
  7. ^ Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike & Megargee, Steve (August 24, 2009), "Preseason defensive tackle power rankings", Rivals.com, http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=978954 
  8. ^ Richardson, Steve (August 11, 2009), 2009 Outland Trophy Watch List Announced, Football Writers Association of America, http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/news/2009/outland090811.html 
  9. ^ "McCoy among five finalists for Heisman", ESPN.com, December 7, 2009, http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4723007 
  10. ^ "Nebraska DT Suh wins Bronko Nagurski". Rocky Mount Telegram. December 8, 2009. http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/state/nebraska-dt-suh-wins-bronko-nagurski-trophy-1004000.html. Retrieved December 8, 2009. 
  11. ^ TDC Announces 2009 Football Awards, http://www.touchdownclubofcolumbus.com/News.htm 
  12. ^ "Suh honored as nation's top lineman". ESPN. December 10, 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4729927. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4732583
  14. ^ "Suh places fourth at Heisman ceremony". http://www.huskerextra.com/articles/2009/12/12/football/doc4b244b2d36575206603029.txt. 
  15. ^ "Ingram headlines AP All-America team". http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4745029. 
  16. ^ "Suh edges Gerhart for AP honor". ESPN. December 22, 2009. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4764843. Retrieved December 22, 2009. 
  17. ^ Cooney, Frank (May 11, 2009). "Who's next? Looking ahead to the best of the 2010 draft class". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2009-05-05-2010-draft-preview_N.htm. 
  18. ^ Prisco, Pete (April 27, 2009). "Prisco's 2010 draft preview: QB will land No. 1 spot". CBSSports.com. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/11684517. 
  19. ^ Rang, Rob (July 10, 2009), "Top 32 seniors: Top heavy with the heftier prospects", NFLDraftScout.com, http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/11942391 
  20. ^ Brooks, Bucky (September 3, 2009). "OSU's Okung top prospect, Texas' McCoy top QB for next year's draft". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d81032985&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true#recommend. 
  21. ^ Pauline, Tony (October 22, 2009), "2010 NFL Draft: Top 50 prospects", SI.com, http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/10/21/draft.prospects/index.html 
  22. ^ Kiper, Mel, Jr. (January 20, 2010), "DT Ndamukong Suh tops the first 2010 NFL mock draft", ESPN, http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft10/insider/news/story?id=4841432 
  23. ^ "Ndamukong Suh". NFLDraftScout.com. October 31, 2009. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/563145. 
  24. ^ The Agency Sports Management & Marketing
  25. ^ Mullen, Liz (January 27, 2010). "Maximum Sports Signs Projected No. 1 Pick Suh For Contract Work". Sports Business Daily (Street and Smith). http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/136550. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Ndamukong Suh Combine Profile", NFL.com, March 4, 2010, http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/ndamukong-suh?id=496861 
  27. ^ a b "Suh's roots trace back to Ashland, SOU". http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091212/SPORTS/912120322. 
  28. ^ Hairopoulos, Kate (December 4, 2009), "At 6-4, 300 pounds, Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh is a big name in defense", Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/topstories/stories/DN-nebraskalede_04spo.ART.State.Edition2.518d2ab.html 
  29. ^ "Ndamukong Suh Plans on Being Staple of NU Football", The Husker Blog, July 28th, 2009, http://thehuskerblog.com/2009/07/28/ndamukong-suh-plans-on-being-staple-of-nu-football/ 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sam Bradford
Associated Press College Football Player of the Year
Preceded by
Brian Orakpo
Coaches' Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
Preceded by
Brian Orakpo
Nagurski Trophy Winner
Preceded by
Brian Orakpo
Lombardi Award Winner
Preceded by
Brian Orakpo
Bill Willis Trophy Winner
Preceded by
Andre Smith
Outland Trophy Winner
Preceded by
Rey Maualuga
Chuck Bednarik Award Winner


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