"O.G's" star beginning to shine for Spartans

"O.G's" star beginning to shine for Spartans

The junior college transfer came from Southwestern College located near San Diego. He was granted all-conference honors in the All-Foothills Conference in 2005, amassing 10 sacks and 55 tackles for the Jaguars in his sophomore season.

EAST LANSING, MI - Ogemdi Nwagbuo came to East Lansing this year in search of a dream, or more to the point, in search of a starting roster spot for the Michigan State football team this season. He notched the gig by performing well enough in spring ball to have the honor bestowed, and now aides a defensive line this season that seeks to improve despite the losses of tackles Brandon McKinney, Domata Peko, and end Michael Brazemore.

The junior college transfer came from Southwestern College located near San Diego. He was granted all-conference honors in the All-Foothills Conference in 2005, amassing 10 sacks and 55 tackles for the Jaguars in his sophomore season.

By signing on to play for MSU in December, and enrolling in January, Nwagbuo was able to get a feel of the campus for an entire semester before being thrown into the fire of Division-I competition.

"I think I'm coming along as well as I could have, because I've been up here since January," Nwagbuo said. "I've been through spring ball, so, I think I've come along pretty far since I first came up here. I still have a lot of work to do."

He chose to come to Michigan State after being recruited by WAC schools such as Nevada, Boise State, and last week's opponent, Idaho.

He also spurned an offer from Louisiana-Lafayette. He came over with a group of talented junior college transfers, including Ervin Baldwin and Nehemiah Warrick. The trio all started on defense for the Spartans last Saturday against Idaho.

The production Nwagbuo supplied during his junior college career is notable enough on its' own merit. Considering, however, that he played in just one game over his entire high school career, and his all-conference status of a year ago becomes even more impressive.

The Spartan defensive standout got into one series as a junior, lasting a total of four plays, and such fills out the high school football resume of the man friends call "O.G."

The transition for Nwagbuo in his first big-time college football game was not as difficult as he had originally anticipated. "I thought it was kind of easier because you have TV timeouts and all that," the junior defensive tackle suggested. "In JUCO, I played every snap, but up here, me and Dave Stanton had a good rotation, so we were both pretty fresh."

Nwagbuo played well in the Idaho game, making two tackles while getting pressure on the quarterback as well. He makes his second straight start for the Spartans this Saturday against Eastern Michigan.

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