Philadelphia, Pa. - The firsts keep rolling in for the Charlotte 49ers football program and red-shirt senior nose tackle Larry Ogunjobi (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale H.S.).
Ogunjobi has been named to the Watch List for the 2016 Bednarik Award, which is given to the College Defensive Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. He is the first 49er to be named to the Watch List of a major FBS award presented by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).
Ogunjobi, who tied for second in Conference USA with a school-record 14.5 tackles for loss last season, ranks eighth among active FBS players in career tackles for loss. He is the 49ers career leader in tackles (152), TFL (35.5), sacks (10.0) and QB hurries (23). He had a career-high 62 tackles, last year, Charlotte’s first at the FBS level as a member of Conference USA, with double-digit tackles against C-USA foes Florida Atlantic (11) and UTSA (10). He set the 49ers single-game record with 4.5 TFL vs. UTSA.
The first 49er chosen to wear the program’s honorary #49 jersey, Ogunjobi became one of the first two 49ers to earn all-Conference USA honors, last year. He is one of just two players in the program’s history that have started each of the program’s 34 games and he did register the program’s first tackle for loss (TFL).
Ogunjobi and 49ers running back Kalif Phillips were named second team all-Conference USA, last year. A double major in chemistry and computer science, Ogunjobi has started all 34 games in Charlotte’s three-year football history. In the 49ers’ inaugural game, Aug. 31, 2013 vs. Campbell, he was the first player to wear the program’s honorary #49 jersey. A three-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection who started playing football as a sophomore in high school, Ogunjobi was dubbed C-USA’s “Most Interesting Man” by SB Nation, in February.
Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ‘69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ‘67.
Season ticket packages for the upcoming 2016 football season are currently available – go to Charlotte49ers.com or call 704-687-4949 for more ticket information.