6’5 290 defensive linemen


2019-2020 (senior) played in all 12 games making 28 tackles added 3 sacks 4 tackle for losses 2pass break ups voted second team all conference USA

2018 (JUNIOR): Played in all 12 games, making eight starts … led all UTEP defensive linemen with 42 tackles (15 solo) … added 6.5 tackles for loss (21 yards), 2.0 sacks (13 yards), a pass breakup, a forced fumble and fumble recovery … paced defense with seven quarterback hurries and two blocked kicks (tied first in Conference USA and tied fifth in FBS) … posted a career-high eight tackles with two quarterback hurries and blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt against UAB … posted five tackles with a career-high 2.0 sacks, a quarterback hurry and forced a fumble at LA Tech … recovered a fumble and tallied a solo tackle at Tennessee … opened season with five stops, half a tackle for loss and a pass breakup against Northern Arizona … registered three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a hurry at UTSA … recorded three stops with 1.5 tackles for loss against North Texas … tallied four tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss at UNLV … posted four tackles with a hurry against Middle Tennessee … recorded three stops at WKU … registered a pair of stops and a hurry against Southern Miss.

2017 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games and made eight starts … recorded 20 tackles (10 solo) and two tackles for loss … registered a career-high four tackles versus Arizona … posted three stops versus Rice and Middle Tennessee … notched two tackles in three different contests (vs. no. 7 Oklahoma, LA Tech and UAB).

2016 (FRESHMAN): Played in seven contests as a true freshman … tallied eight tackles (four solo) and two quarterback hurries (tied for fourth on team) … saw first collegiate action at no. 11 Texas, recording a tackle … registered two tackles each in three different contests (vs. Army, vs. Southern Miss, vs. Houston Baptist) … tallied a tackle against Old Dominion … also saw playing time at Rice and during the season finale against North Texas.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Led the Hawks to a 10-3 overall record and 6-1 league mark as a senior ... saw action in 10 games and registered 38 tackles (18s/20a), two forced fumbles, two sacks, one interception and five tackles for losses ... ranked second on the team in quarterback hurries with 12 ... opened the season with a career-best nine tackles (4s/5a) against Trinity (9/6) ... posted a career-best four quarterback hurries in a 35-17 victory over South Garland (11/6) ... had four showings with five or more tackles ... during junior campaign played in five games ... tallied 11 tackles (4s/7a), two sacks and two tackles for losses ... 2014 12-5A All-District first team, 2012 Division 3-3 All-District second team and 2013 TAPPS 3-2A Boys Basketball All-District second team.

PERSONAL: Full name is Denzel C. Chukwukelu … son of Chris and Stephanie Chukwukelu … has two brothers and two sisters … born in Dallas, Texas … multidisciplinary studies major.

Currently in indoor football league staying ready. Iowa barnstormers 2021-2022

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