Chimdi Chekwa
Chimdi  Chekwa


Clermont, Fla.

High School:
East Ridge

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190


Buckeye Bits: veteran defender who enters spring as one of the most versatile and experienced components of the Buckeyes' secondary ... will provide key leadership to the defensive backfield ... possesses excellent man-to-man coverage skills ... good speed and athletic ability

2009 (Junior): honorable mention all-Big Ten ... sixth on the team with 43 tackles and team leader with seven PBU ... five tackles against Navy ... four tackles vs. USC ... four tackles and a pass breakup against Illinois ... three solo stops at Indiana ... five tackles in the Wisconsin win ... five tackles at Purdue ... four tackles and a pass breakup in the Minnesota win ... pair of tackles at Penn State ... seven tackles in Iowa win ... third-year letterwinner ... part of the 2009 Big Ten champion 4x100 relay in outdoor track

2008 (Sophomore): regular starter at corner ... 30 tackles for the season ... picked off USC quarterback Mark Sanchez in the endzone to end the first half ... pair of tackles at Wisconsin ... four solo stops and a pair of PBU in Purdue win ... two solo tackles vs. Penn State, Northwestern and Michigan ... led Buckeyes with 11 solo tackles in Fiesta Bowl ... second-year letterman

2007 (Freshman): saw considerable playing time as a nickle-back ... was also part of three special teams units ... freshman all-Big Ten (Sporting News) ... 30 tackles, 9 PBU for season ... nine-yard interception against Northwestern ... five solo stops at Minnesota ... 10 unassisted tackles in win at Purdue ... defensive player of week: Purdue ... Big Ten player of week: Purdue ... first-year letterman

2006 (Redshirt): redshirted as a true freshman ... was a member of the scout team and spent the year adjusting to the college level

High School: Picked off seven passes and broke up six more as a senior ... totaled 44 tackles and recovered four fumbles ... first team all-Central Florida and second team all-Florida ... qualified for the state track championships in the 100-meter dash (10.79) ... collected 41 tackles, four interceptions, 11 pass breakups, one sack and scored two touchdowns as a junior ... four-year letterwinner and all-state in track

Personal: son of Charles and Eunice Chekwa ... sister played basketball at Mississippi State and brother ran track at Louisiana-Monroe ... an accounting major in the Fisher College of Business ... 2008-09 Big Ten all-academic