Willie returns for his junior season at safety for the Wildcats after earning All-Conference honors last year. In two seasons at Weber State he has played in 21 games and has recorded 75 total tackles.
Played and started in 10 games for the Wildcats during the year...Earned Honorable Mention Big Sky All-Conference honors at safety...Finished fourth on the team and was 19th in the conference in tackles, averaging six per game...Totaled 60 tackles with 39 unassisted tackles and 21 assisted...Was second on the team in unassisted tackles...Posted a career-high 10 tackles with two tackles for loss in WSU’s season opening game at Wyoming on Sept. 3...Had nine tackles the next week at Utah State and also had nine in WSU’s final home game, a 34-31 win over Northern Arizona...Also had two pass breakups during the season.
Appeared in all 11 games for the Wildcats during the season...Recorded 15 total tackles for the Wildcats with seven unassisted and eight assisted tackles...Had a season-high six tackles in WSU’s Homecoming win over UC Davis on Sept. 25...Also recorded one tackle for loss, coming in a home game against Eastern Washington...Earned Big Sky Academic All-Conference honors.
Sat out the season as a red-shirt after signing with the Wildcats in February 2009.
Edmond Santa Fe High School
Played at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Oklahoma...Played under Coach Bruce Gowen...Was the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year in his league...Holds his school record for most interceptions in a game with four...Named First Team All-State and All-District...Earned All-State honors as a soccer player as well, serving four years as the team captain...Played in high school with current WSU teammates Alex Land and Trevor Pletcher.
Full name is Willie Kenechukwu Okwuonu...Last name pronounced: AH-kwon-oo...Was born October 10, 1990...Is majoring in Human Performance Management at Weber State.