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Paul Igboeli
Paul Igboeli

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Grand Prairie, Texas

High School:
South Grand Prairie HS

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 201

Position:
Linebacker

Birthdate:
10/05/1987

Experience:
3L

• First-Team Street & Smith College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC (2009) • First-Team Lindy's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC (2009) • First-Team Athlon Sports College Football Preseason All-WAC (2009) • Butkus Award Watch List (2008) • Second-Team All-WAC (2008) • Second-Team All-WAC by Phil Steele (2008) • Third-Team Athlon Sports College Football Preseason All-WAC (2008) • Second-Team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason All-WAC (2008) • Third-Team All-WAC by Phil Steele (2007) • WAC Freshman of the Year (2006) • Third-Team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News (2006)

Quickly: Last name is pronounced Ig-bo-lee... Highly decorated linebacker... Big things expected this season... Closing in on the USU and WAC career tackles top-10 lists, currently with 242 stops... Needs 85 tackles to tie Al Smith (1984-86) for No. 10 on the Aggies' career list, as well as needing 63 stops to tie Bryce McGill (1999-2003) from Fresno State on WAC list... Named to several preseason all-Western Athletic Conference teams.

2008 (Jr.): Earned second-team all-WAC honors after tallying 78 tackles (42 solo, 36 assists), ranking second on the team, as well as 12th in the WAC... Started all 12 games, only USU player to do so... Also had six tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a blocked field goal.... Top outing was at Nevada with 10 tackles, while adding eight in both the Utah and Boise State games and seven in both the Oregon and New Mexico State games... Also earned second-team Phil Steele's College Football Preview all-WAC honors, third-team Athlon Sports College Football Preseason all-WAC accolades as well as second-team Phil Steele's College Football Preview Preseason all-WAC recognition.

2007 (So.): Earned second-team all-WAC honors by Phil Steele... Started all 12 games, one of three defensive starters and eight Aggies total to do so... Second on team and 13th in WAC with 95 tackles, including 51 solo stops, which ranked among the top-15 in the league... Tied for second on team with eight tackles for loss... Also tallied three pass break-ups and one fumble recovery... Had two of USU's top five tackle outings with 15 at New Mexico State and 12 at Fresno State... Had eight or more stops in four other games... Had fumble recovery in Idaho game and forced a fumble against Nevada... Posted pass break-ups in the Hawai'i, Boise State and New Mexico State games... Named defensive team captain for both Hawai'i and Nevada games.

2006 (Fr.): Named to third-team Freshman All-American list by The Sporting News... Earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors as he started the final eight games of the season... Was second on the team with 69 tackles... Was the leading freshman tackler in the WAC and ranked 15th in the league overall... Ranked eighth in the WAC in tackles for loss with 8.5 and added three sacks... Forced fumbles on two of his sacks and they were returned for touchdowns against Louisiana Tech and Boise State... Recovered a fumble in his first collegiate game at Wyoming.... Saw limited playing time in the four non-conference games, recording four total tackles... In eight league games, all starts, he averaged 8.1 tackles per game... Had three double-digit tackle games including 17 at Louisiana Tech, 10 at Boise State and 10 vs. New Mexico State.

High School: Earned first-team all-district honors as a linebacker and also played special teams... Had 155 tackles as a senior and added five sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception... Earned all-district honors as a junior as well... Team was 10-2 and were the district and bi-district champions... Cleared 6-4 in the high jump... Was also on the power lifting team.

Personal: Born Oct. 5, 1987 in Fort Worth, Texas... Son of Gloria and Benson Igboeli... Has two brothers and one sister... Younger brother Washington is a safety on the Aggies' roster... Other younger brother Joseph is a cornerback for Texas Southern... Majoring in interdisciplinary studies... Hobbies include basketball and the piano.

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