TULANE: A three-year letterwinner and returning starter who has played in 34 games with 14 starts... career numbers include 139 tackles (80 solo), five stops for lost yardage, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and one blocked kick... enters fall camp as the starter at strong safety.
2008 (JUNIOR): Started the first seven games before missing the LSU game with an injury, but came back to play in the final four games of the year... finished with 47 tackles (28 solo), including one stop for lost yardage, two pass breakups and a blocked field goal vs. Army... tied his career-high with 13 stops and a stop for lost yardage vs. Memphis...accounted for eight tackles vs. Army.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Played in every game and earned starts against Houston, Tulsa and Rice... posted a career-high 13 tackles (eight solo, five assists) with a forced fumble and a pick vs. Tulsa... added eight tackles (five solo, three assists) with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble Memphis... had six tackles (two solo, four assists) vs. LSU and again at UAB (two solo, four assists)... ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 61.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Started four of 11 games... missed the Mississippi State game because of injury... earned his first career start against Army and started four the final five games, including Marshall, UCF and Tulsa... registered 31 tackles, including one stop for lost yardage, and was responsible for three pass breakups... best outing came against UCF when he collected six tackles, including one for lost yardage and a PBU.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first-team recognition on the all-district team as a safety in each of his last two seasons... made 95 tackles, including five tackles for loss, broke up seven passes, forced three fumbles and recovered one... as a junior, tallied 84 tackles and a pair of interceptions with 10 pass break-ups, two quarterback sacks and two tackles for loss... career totals include 208 tackles, 19 pass break-ups, three interceptions and eight tackles for loss... in 2004, his team went 9-3 and advanced to the third round of the playoffs... they also went to the playoffs in 2003 with an 8-3 final mark... also lettered in track... member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society... listed in "Who's Who Among High School Students"... academic all-state choice in 2005.
PERSONAL: Majoring in computer information technology... born March 24, 1988, in Dallas, Texas... nickname is "so-so"... one of four children of Eucharia and Engozi Echebelem.
ECHEBELEM'S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
Year G/GS UT-AT-TT TFL Sacks FF/FR QH PD Int
2006 11/4 14-17-31 1-2 0-0 0/0 0 3 0-0
2007 12/3 38-23-61 3-10 0-0 3/1 1 1 1-2
2008 11/7 28-19-47 1-1 0-0 0/0 0 2 0-0
Career 34/14 80-59-139 5-13 0-0 3/1 1 6 1-2