Onochie Quincy Enunwa[16][17] (born May 31, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jets in the sixth round, 209th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.

 

 

Early years

Enunwa attended Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California. He was selected All-Inland Valley League first-team in high school. He played football and ran track. As a senior, he caught 40 passes for more than 600 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was selected and played in the Inland Empire All-Star Game while in high school.

In addition to football, he competed as a jumper on the school's track & field team. He finished sixth in the triple jump at the 2009 CIF-Southern Meet, setting a personal-best leap of 13.79 meters.[2] He won the high jump at the 2010 Rancho Verde Relays of Champions, with a career-best jump of 2.06 meters.[3]

College career

Enunwa was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in his junior season. He was selected as the 2014 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl MVP and was also the Nebraska Offensive MVP in his senior season. In the 2013 season, Enunwa broke Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers's school record for most touchdown receptions in a season, catching 12 touchdowns in his senior year. At the 2014 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, Enunwa broke the Nebraska school record for longest reception, by scoring a touchdown on a 99-yard reception from quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. in the third quarter.[4]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40‑yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20‑ss3‑coneVert jumpBroadBP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
225 lb
(102 kg)
4.44 s1.56 s2.50 s    19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Enunwa was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round with the 209th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft on May 10, 2014.[6] He was released by the team on September 1, 2014 and signed to the team's practice squad a day later. Enunwa was promoted to the active roster on December 27, 2014.

2014 season

During his rookie year in 2014, Enunwa played in only one game, which was in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins,[18] and did not record any statistics. On October 19, 2015, Enunwa was suspended for four games of the 2015 season without pay due to violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.[13]

2015 season

On November 21, Enunwa was re-activated from his suspension. During the 2015 season, he played in 12 games and recorded 315 receiving yards.[19]

2016 season

With the Jets being short-handed on tight ends in 2016, the team announced that Enunwa would be the slot receiver and an end-around sweep specialist.[20]

In 2016, Enunwa has had a breakout year filling in for the injured wide receiver Eric Decker, coming second in receptions, yards, and touchdown receptions on the team. Enunwa posted a quality performance on Thursday Night Football in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills on September 15, 2016 when he had six receptions for 92 yards in the 37–31 victory.[21][22][23] Enunwa had a great third season, having totals of 58 catches, 857 yards, and four touchdowns.[24]

2017 season

On August 7, 2017, Enunwa was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.[25] It was eventually revealed that Enunwa was diagnosed with bulging discs in his neck, and that aftermath of surgery could require from six to nine months to recover.[26][27]