2009 Countdown: #44 Patrick Omameh

2009 Countdown: #44 Patrick Omameh

August 16, 2009

Name: Patrick Omameh
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 276 lbs.
High School: St. Francis Desales High School in Columbus, OH
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: RS freshman
Jersey Number: #65
Prediction for 2009: Backup offensive tackle

Omameh (pronounced oh-MAH-mee) has been the surprise of the 2008 recruiting class. Lightly regarded (and light, period) coming out of high school, Omameh was ranked as a defensive end prospect and garnered a late offer from Rich Rodriguez and his staff. Omameh was impressive right off the bat during summer workouts and traveled to away games last season; although he didn’t play a down in 2008 and therefore preserved his redshirt, he’s battling Mark Huyge for the starting right tackle position.

If Huyge falters this season or if there’s an injury at one of the tackle positions, Omameh will quite possibly be the replacement you see on the field. He remains a little light, but he has good agility and a long frame. He may not factor into the 2009 season very significantly, but with Mark Ortmann graduating this year, look for Omameh to take over the left tackle job in 2010.

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