Houston Texans running back Chris Ogbonnaya made a big impression against the New York Jets Monday night, as he rolled through the Jets’ defense after a head injury ended Derrick Ward’s night. Ogbonnaya racked up 104 yards, including 67 through the air with 37 yards on the ground, and two touchdowns in both areas.
The first touchdown came in the second quarter, as quarterback Matt Leinart found him in the endzone with a four-yard pass. Two quarters later, Ogbonnaya punched the ball into the endzone in a goal-line formation, the recipient of a block from new Texan fullback, Lawrence Vickers.
Everyone knows that the Jets have now heard of Ogbonnaya, but has he made a name for himself enough to crack the Houston Texans active roster?
Coming out of the University of Texas, the now 25-year old boasted solid measures of 6 foot, 220 pounds, and was expected to be taken in the 2009 draft higher. During the combine, he clocked a 4.57 time in the 40 yard dash.
Instead, Ogbonnaya broke into the National Football League after waiting to be selected at pick No. 211 of the seventh-round by the St. Louis Rams.
While at Texas, Ogbonnaya was a jack-of-all-trades, playing wide receiver, tailback and fullback; which would come as no surprise that his contributions were hard to pin down.
Statistically, his career totals were 140 carries for 597 yards, with a 4.3 yard per carry average and eight touchdowns. He also brought down 75 receptions for 792 yards and three visits to the endzone.
A 2005 NCAA National Championship winner, Ogbonnaya is looking to help his home-state Texans establish a tradition of winning as well, but if he does not survive the finals cuts–countless teams would love to have him on their roster instead.