To Uche His Own: Jaguars’ Backup Guard Uche Nwaneri Wows in Spot Duty


Published: October 1, 2009

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... as running back Maurice Jones-Drew skipped into the end zone for his third touchdown Sunday at Houston.

CBS color commentator (and former Jaguars quarterback) Steve Beuerlein noted that the Texans' linebackers "seemed to lose him [Jones-Drew] for a second" on the run.

Take a look.

Sure enough, DeMeco Ryans and Zac Diles lost sight of Jones-Drew during the play.

For Diles, it happened when he dove at Nwaneri's legs to take out Jones-Drew's lead blocker—and bounced off.

For Ryans, Houston's All-Pro defensive captain, it happened when Nwaneri threw him violently out of Jones-Drew's way.

The "pop!" of Nwaneri's pads against Ryans' is audible on the highlight. On Sunday, it was the sound of Jacksonville's ground game chugging ahead against the Texans' worn-out defense.

Looking forward, it may have been the sound of Nwaneri staking his claim ...

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