RSP Film Room No.29: UCLA DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa

Owamagbe Odighizuwa
Owamagbe Odighizuwa writer John Owning joins the program and brings with him the tape of a man my in-laws would probably call “Godzilla” as a shorthand for his full name Owamagbe Odighizuwa (O-diggy-zu-wa). And man does Godzilla wreak havoc on offensive tackles in this episode of the film room.

Owning, a jiu-jitsu instructor and a trained journalist, does excellent work highlighting the skills that make Odighizuwa a first-day talent and we also discuss a variety of topics related to defensive end play:

  • We compare and contrast Odighizuwa’s game with Randy Gregory.
  • We discuss why weight change for young athletes isn’t as dramatic as it sounds.
  • The value of active hands.
  • Why Odighizuwa’s box scores may be paltry, but how quarterbacks, tackles, runners, and receivers feel his impact weekly.
  • A brief soliloquy from Owning’s recent article on LB Eric Kendricks.
  • The importance of hip usage and where Odighizuwa thrives and struggles related to it.
  • The parallels of techniques and athletic concepts across positions.

I mentioned Justin Tuck as a player who is used in a way that Odighizuwa might fit in the league. Owning seems to agree. As for the talent, we’ll see if Westwood’s Godzilla can be that kind of player. He has the look of a future long-time pro.

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