Duke Football BIO
3 Vince Oghobaase
2009: Returning starter at defensive tackle ... candidate for post-season honors ... has started the past 36 games for the Blue Devils ... named to the Watch List for the Lott Trophy, an honor presented annually to the top defensive player in the country who has the biggest IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community & Tenacity) on their respective team both on and off the field ... preseason second team All-America pick by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... preseason first team All-ACC choice by Sporting News, Lindy’s, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football Preview ... projected as the No. 4 defensive tackle in the country by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and No. 5 nationally by Lindy’s ... the league’s top returning vote-getter among defensive linemen from last year’s All-ACC balloting ... missed the majority of spring practice due to a foot injury ... has started a team-high 36 consecutive games ... big, agile defensive tackle with excellent skills ... combines good size, strength and quickness ... has recorded at least one tackle in 33-of-36 career games and in 22 consecutive contests dating back to 2007 ... has increased his tackle and quarterback sack totals each season as a Blue Devil ... among active players in the ACC, enters the 2009 season ranking second in tackles for loss (29.0) and third in quarterback sacks (11.5) ... currently ranks tied for ninth in career sacks in school history ... stands one tackle for loss away from moving into a tie for 10th on Duke’s career chart ... Duke’s active leader in tackles for loss, quarterback sacks and quarterback pressures (9).
2008: Honorable mention All-ACC pick along the defensive line ... started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... led the team and ranked tied for 11th in the ACC with 6.0 sacks ... finished the year with 51 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries ... sack total ranked second among ACC defensive tackles, trailing only Boston College’s B.J. Raji (7.5), a first round pick (9th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in the 2009 NFL Draft ... enjoyed the end of the season with 18 tackles and 4.5 sacks over the final three games ... registered two sacks and four tackles at Clemson ... posted a season-high eight tackles with one sack at Virginia Tech ... notched six tackles and 1.5 sacks against North Carolina ... had five tackles and one sack at Georgia Tech ... posted at least three tackles in 11 of the 12 games on the year ... played a total of 638 snaps on the season with 50 or more in nine games ... topped 60 plays against Wake Forest (69) and Virginia Tech (62) ... received the Ace Parker Award, an honor given to an individual who displays unparalleled commitment to the team and overcomes adversity to contribute, at the team’s annual awards banquet.
2007: Started all 12 games at defensive tackle ... tied for the team lead with 4.5 sacks and ranked second on the squad with 12.0 tackles for loss ... finished seventh on the team with 49 tackles while adding four quarterback pressures ... top outing came at Navy with 10 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks ... tallied five tackles with two tackles for loss and one sack at Notre Dame ... posted six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack against Georgia Tech ... blocked an extra point attempt in the season opener against Connecticut to go with five tackles ... registered five tackles against both Northwestern and Wake Forest ... on the field for 743 snaps including 677 on defense ... logged 60 or more plays in seven games with a season-high 81 at Florida State ... served as a game captain for the Northwestern, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Notre Dame games.
2006: Started all 12 games ... Freshman All-America choice by Rivals.com (2nd), College Football News (3rd) and Sporting News (HM) ... Freshman All-ACC selection by Sporting News ... credited for 28 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss and one sack ... posted a season-high five stops at Wake Forest ... recorded a safety against Florida State by tackling Seminole running back Lorenzo Booker in the end zone ... ranked fifth on the team in tackles for loss ... on the field for 568 snaps.
2005: Did not see game action.
Prior to Duke: Two-year letterman at Alief Hastings under Wade Luker ... All-America selection by Prep Star magazine ... charted as seventh-top defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com ... ranked as the 45th-best overall prospect in the country by Scout.com ... rated as the top defensive tackle and the third-best overall prospect in Texas by Scout.com ... listed as the 15th-best overall prospect in Texas by Rivals.com ... tabbed as the 17th-top defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com ... listed as the 11th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com ... one of five finalists for the Watkins Award, an honor given to the top African-American high school student-athlete in the country ... registered 68 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior to earn first team all-state honors ... in junior season, had 94 tackles to post all-district accolades.
Personal: Son of Florence and Vincent Oghobaase ... born January 24, 1987.