Recent Praise Amaewhule Notes
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UTEP football opens up fall camp ahead of 2023 season
HISTORY — from college profile
2022 (rs jr): Named All-Conference USA second team…Started all 12 games at defensive end…Recorded 24 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two breakups and forced fumble and fumble recovery…Led team with eight quarterback hurries…Has 17.5 career sacks, needing 3.0 to break the school’s record (20.0 sacks)...Tallied a season-high seven tackles with 2.0 TFL’s and a sack against Middle Tennessee…Recorded a sack at Rice…Credited with six tackles and a tackle for loss in a win over rival NM State…Recorded a fumble recovery against North Texas…Tallied a season-high three QB hurries in an upset win over Boise State…Had two QB hurries in a victory at Charlotte.
2021 (rs soph): First-Team All-Conference USA…Led the Miners with 13 tackles for losses, 10 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles…Ranked second on the team in pass breakups (seven) and ranked second on the team in sacks (5.5)...Ranked 22nd nationally in forced fumbles (0.23 avg.)...Started all 13 games at defensive end…Led the Miners in tackles (eight) along with a sack and 1.5 tackles for losses against ODU…Recorded five tackles (all solo) at Southern Miss with two tackles for losses, a sack, a forced fumble and two pass breakup…Credited with five stops (four solo) at North Texas…Tallied two tackles for losses against NM State, Bethune-Cookman and Southern Miss…Registered single sacks versus NM State, New Mexico, Old Dominion, Southern Miss and Florida Atlantic…Had a dominating performance versus New Mexico with 1.5 tackles for losses, a forced fumble, two pass breakups and a career-high seven quarterback pressures…Broke up two passes at Southern Miss.
2020 (rs soph): Earned Second-Team All-Conference USA honors…Started all eight games for the Miners at defensive end…Led the Miners with eight tackles for losses, seven sacks and nine pass breakups…Added 19 tackles, four quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and fumble recovery…Had two quarterback hurries in the season opener versus Stephen F. Austin…Posted three tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, 1.5 sacks, and two breakups against Abilene Christian…Forced a fumble with a sack and tackle for loss at ULM…Had a dominant performance at LA Tech with five tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and four pass breakups…Also sacked the quarterback at Charlotte…Had two pass breakups, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry at UTSA…Recovered a fumble versus North Texas.
2019 (redshirt fr): Earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Freshman Team after playing in all 12 games and making eight starts at defensive end.Led the Miners with 5.5 tackles for losses (-24 yards), and tied for the team lead with three sacks (-20 yards) and three quarterback pressures…Also totaled 28 tackles, three pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick…Recorded a sack in week one versus Houston Baptist…Tallied his season-high four stops, all solo, at Southern Miss while adding two tackles for losses and a sack…Recorded three solo tackles and a tackle for loss against UTSA. Sacked the quarterback at North Texas…Recovered a fumble for a touchdown versus Rice.
2018 (fr): Played in the final four games, seeing action at Rice, against Middle Tennessee, at WKU and versus Southern Miss…Registered a pair of tackles against Middle Tennessee…Earned a redshirt for the 2018 season.
High school: Played two seasons of varsity football at Katy Taylor High School (Katy, TX)…As a senior, registered 70 solo tackles, 23 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles…Was a team captain as a senior…During junior campaign, saw action in nine games, while registering 14 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, nine quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles…Recorded a career-best five tackles and added a sack in a victory over Tompkins…Notched a career-high three QB hurries in win against Magnolia…Posted three solo stops, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery versus Katy.
Full name is Praise Chikemzi Amaewhule…Son of Vincent and Joy Amaewhule…Has one brother and one sister…Born in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria…C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2019, 2021)...C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist (2019)
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