Oklahoma Sooners

ESPN Names OU LB David Ugwoegbu as No. 3 Breakout Player in America in 2021

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

It’s never too early to start talking about breakout college football players for the 2021 season. It’s always exciting for fans when that player that you are waiting to watch blossom turns into a star or the player no one saw coming is suddenly one of the best players on his team or in his conference. That’s the beauty of college football. It doesn’t happen as often in college basketball, where talent wins. But in football, you’re more likely to see a two-star or three-star player shock the world.

As we look to 2021, ESPN.com listed its breakout players for each college football team. Yes, it’s a ways away, but are you telling me you aren’t already excited for the season as you look outside (at least here in Kansas City) at snow and clouds. Plus, Big 12 basketball games are getting cancelled in the conference left and right.

So ESPN.com listed Oklahoma Sooners linebacker David Ugwoegbu as their No. 3 breakout player of the 2021 college football season.


Ugwoegbu did not come to Norman as a five-star stud. Instead he was a four-star prospect by Rivals and three-star by 247Sports in the Class of 2019. But in 2019, he ended up playing in all 14 games, starting once against Kansas, and finished with 19 tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack.

Then in 2020, he played in all 11 games and made three starts, finishing with 34 tackles, three tackles for loss and one interception, plus one sack and six QB hurries.

Oklahoma is becoming a defensive powerhouse under Alex Grinch, playing some of the best defense in the country in the second half of the season. And while some key players, most notably Ronnie Perkins, is off to the NFL, there is plenty of talent on the roster, and plan to familiarize yourself with the name David Ugwoegbu as the months move into spring practice, then to summer camp, followed by the 2020 season.

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