Amani Oruwariye
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Oruwariye in 2019
No. 27 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1996-02-09) February 9, 1996 (age 27)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Gaither (Tampa, Florida)
College:Penn State (2014–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 5 / Pick: 146
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2018)
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2017)
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Total tackles:173
Pass deflections:19
Interceptions:9
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Amani Oruwariye (born February 9, 1996) is an American football cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State.

Early years

Oruwariye lettered for three years at Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida. As a senior, he was voted team MVP and invited to the Hillsborough County All-Star Game.[1] He was ranked a three star recruit by all four major recruiting services, and 247Sports and Rivals rated him a top 100 prospect in the state of Florida. Oruwariye committed to Vanderbilt University early in his senior year before decommitting and following Head Coach James Franklin to Penn State.[2]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Amani Oruwariye
CB
Tampa, FL Tampa (FL) Gaither 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jan 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

Oruwariye redshirted his true freshman season at Penn State, then appeared in mostly special teams action during his redshirt freshman year.

In 2016, Oruwariye saw more time en route to Penn State's first Big Ten Championship Game victory. He logged his first interception against Kent State, which he proceeded to return for a touchdown.[3] He finished the season with 23 total tackles.[4][5]

Oruwariye burst onto the national scene in 2017 due to his personal-best four interceptions, good for fourth in the Big Ten.[6][4][7] He earned recognition from both coaches and the media, who elected him second all-B1G.[8] He appeared in all but one game as Penn State clinched its first Fiesta Bowl victory since 1997.

Oruwariye carried his junior year momentum into his redshirt senior year, starting in each of Penn State's 12 games, picking off three passes, and tallying a career highs in tackles, pass defenses, and forced fumbles.[5] His excellence was recognized by coaches, media, AP, and ESPN, all of whom named him to their All-B1G teams.[9] He received an invite to the Reese's Senior Bowl amidst discussions that he could potentially be a first round pick.[10]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+58 in
(1.87 m)
205 lb
(93 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.47 s 1.63 s 2.66 s 4.16 s 6.82 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]

Detroit Lions

Oruwariye was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[13] He finished the season with two interceptions and third on the Lions' depth chart.[14]

Oruwariye was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Lions on July 29, 2020,[15] and was activated 10 days later.[16] In Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers, Oruwariye recorded his first interception of the season off a pass thrown by P. J. Walker during the 20–0 loss.[17]

Oruwariye entered the 2021 season as a starting cornerback for the Lions. He started the first 14 games before suffering a thumb injury in Week 15. He was placed on injured reserve on December 25, ending his season.[18] He finished the season with 57 tackles, and a team-leading 11 passes defensed and six interceptions. He was third in the NFL in interceptions at the time of his injury.

New York Giants

On March 23, 2023, Oruwariye signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the New York Giants.[19] He was released on August 29, 2023 and re-signed to the practice squad.[20][21] He was released on October 10.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On October 16, 2023, Oruwariye was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.[22] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 8, 2024.[23]

References

  1. ^ "'Tampa Teaches You How to Be Cool Around Greatness': Local Ties in the 2019 Senior Bowl". buccaneers.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ STAFF, SPORTS. "Penn State gets commitment from DB Oruwariye". LancasterOnline.
  3. ^ "Amani Oruwariye gets a pick-six for Penn State". Saturday Tradition. September 3, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Amani Oruwariye - Football". Penn State University Athletics. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Amani Oruwariye College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Centre Daily News (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Penn State's Amani Oruwariye looking forward to leadership role in 2018". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  8. ^ "View the 2017 All-Big Ten Football Defensive Teams". Big Ten Network. November 28, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Juliano, Joe. "Amani Oruwariye on track to be first Penn State cornerback drafted in first round". inquirer.com.
  10. ^ "Penn State's Trace McSorley, Amani Oruwariye, accept Senior Bowl invitations". pennlive. November 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Amani Oruwariye Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  12. ^ "Amani Oruwariye, Penn State, CB, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
  13. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 18, 2023.
  14. ^ Birkett, Dave (April 27, 2019). "Detroit Lions take Amani Oruwariye in Round 5 of 2019 NFL draft". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  15. ^ Rogers, Justin (July 29, 2020). "Kenny Golladay, T.J. Hockenson among Lions placed on COVID reserve list". DetroitNews.com. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  16. ^ "T.J. Hockenson among 3 Lions removed from COVID-19 reserve list". DetroitNews.com. August 8, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  17. ^ "Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers - November 22nd, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  18. ^ "Detroit Lions' Amani Oruwariye placed on injured reserve, ending breakout season". Detroit Free Press. December 25, 2021.
  19. ^ Citak, Matt (March 23, 2023). "Former Lions CB Amani Oruwariye joins Giants". Giants.com.
  20. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 29, 2023). "Giants announce 53-man roster for 2023". Giants.com.
  21. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 30, 2023). "Giants sign 12 players to practice squad". Giants.com.
  22. ^ "Roster Moves: Jaguars Sign CB Amani Oruwariye to Practice Squad, Release OLB Derek Parish". Jaguars.com. October 16, 2023.
  23. ^ "Jaguars sign 11 players to reserve/future contracts". Jaguars Wire. USA Today. January 8, 2024.