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Sam Acho
OLB #94
Height:
6-3
Weight:
257
Age:
26
College:
Texas
Experience:
4

Quick Stats (2014):

TCKL
28
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
1
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 121 95 26 12.0 0 8 3 5 -- 3 0 7 2
2014 ARI 14 4 28 21 7 0.0 -- 3 1 3 3 3 0 0 --
2013 ARI 3 2 5 4 1 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 1
2012 ARI 16 16 48 35 13 4.0 -- 3 2 2 1 2 0 2 --
2011 ARI 16 10 40 35 5 7.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 4 1
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 SD W 18-17 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @NYG W 25-14 1 1 0 -- -- 1 1 3 3 3 0 0 --
3 SF W 23-14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @DEN L 20-41 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 WAS W 30-20 3 3 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 @OAK W 24-13 3 2 1 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 PHI W 24-20 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 @DAL W 28-17 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 STL W 31-14 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 DET W 14-6 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 @SEA L 3-19 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 @ATL L 18-29 4 2 2 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 KC W 17-14 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @STL W 12-6 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

• A fourth-round selection (103rd overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft, Acho has appeared in 35 games in his first three NFL seasons with 28 starts. Limited to three games in 2013 season after suffering a season-ending leg injury in Week 3 at New Orleans.

• Started all 16 games in ’12 and totaled a career-high 49 tackles while adding four sacks, his first two career INTs, two forced fumbles and 14 QB pressures. Has seven forced fumbles through his first three seasons.

• As a rookie in 2011, appeared in all 16 games (10 starts) and totaled 37 tackles, seven sacks, five tackles for loss, a team-high four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and nine special teams tackles. His seven sacks represented the second-highest total in franchise history for a rookie, behind only Simeon Rice (12.5, 1996).

• In Week 12 of the ’11 season at St. Louis, recorded three tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss against the Rams. In doing so, he became just the third Cards player to record at least two sacks and two forced fumbles in a game and the first since Bertrand Berry (3.0 sacks, 2 FF) on 10/22/06 at Oakland.

• His parents, Dr. Sonny (family and marriage counselor) and Christie Acho (nurse practitioner), were both born in Nigeria and founded Living Hope Ministries. Every summer, Acho joins his father and brother, Emmanuel, on medical missions to Nigeria.

NoteCARDS:

• A fourth-round selection (103rd overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft, Acho has appeared in 35 games in his first three NFL seasons with 28 starts. Limited to three games in 2013 season after suffering a season-ending leg injury in Week 3 at New Orleans.

• Started all 16 games in ’12 and totaled a career-high 49 tackles while adding four sacks, his first two career INTs, two forced fumbles and 14 QB pressures. Has seven forced fumbles through his first three seasons.

• As a rookie in 2011, appeared in all 16 games (10 starts) and totaled 37 tackles, seven sacks, five tackles for loss, a team-high four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and nine special teams tackles. His seven sacks represented the second-highest total in franchise history for a rookie, behind only Simeon Rice (12.5, 1996).

• In Week 12 of the ’11 season at St. Louis, recorded three tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss against the Rams. In doing so, he became just the third Cards player to record at least two sacks and two forced fumbles in a game and the first since Bertrand Berry (3.0 sacks, 2 FF) on 10/22/06 at Oakland.

• His parents, Dr. Sonny (family and marriage counselor) and Christie Acho (nurse practitioner), were both born in Nigeria and founded Living Hope Ministries. Every summer, Acho joins his father and brother, Emmanuel, on medical missions to Nigeria.

Pro Career: The Cardinals fourth-round selection (103rd overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft, Acho has appeared in 35 games during his first three NFL seasons with 28 starts. 

2013: Played in three games with two starts prior to suffering a season-ending leg injury … recorded nine tackles (one for loss), one sack, a forced fumble, two QB pressures, a QB hit and two special teams tackles … collected five tackles and forced a fumble on Sam Bradford’s scramble in the fourth quarter @ StL (9/8) … assisted on one tackle and had one QB pressure vs. Det (9/15); also had two special teams tackles … sacked Drew Brees for a nine-yard loss in the first quarter @ NO (9/22); also had three tackles and a QB pressure; recovered a fumbled punt return by Patrick Peterson in the second quarter; left the game with a leg injury … placed on injured reserve (leg) on 9/23.

2012: Started all 16 games and finished with 49 tackles and tied for third on the team with four sacks … collected two INTs, two forced fumbles, three passes defensed and three special teams tackles … tied for the team lead with 14 QB pressures … recorded his first sack of the season, three solo tackles, including one for loss, and two QB pressures @ NE (9/16) … forced a fumble on a sack of Michael Vick in the second quarter vs. Phi (9/23); also had three solo tackles and two QB pressures … recorded a sack of Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter vs. Mia (9/30); marked his third straight game with a sack; also had three tackles, including two for loss, and two QB pressures ... collected three tackles and one QB pressure @ StL (10/4); also had one special teams tackle … recorded his first career INT, picking off Christian Ponder in the second quarter @ Min (10/21); also had four tackles and one QB pressure … picked off Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter @ Atl (11/18), the last of the Cardinals five INTs in the game; forced a fumble by Jason Snelling in the third quarter that Rashad Johnson recovered; added four tackles and a pass defensed … recorded a sack of Mark Sanchez in the second quarter @ NYJ (12/2); totaled three tackles and one QB pressure … posted a career-high nine tackles, including seven solo tackles, and one special teams tackle @ Sea (12/9) … recorded four tackles, including one for loss, in the season finale @ SF (12/30).

2011: Played in all 16 games and started the last 10 at OLB … finished second on the team with seven sacks and had a team-leading four forced fumbles … totaled 37 tackles, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and nine special teams tackles … made NFL debut and played on defense and special teams vs. Car (9/11); recorded one special teams tackle … played on both defense and special teams in the next three games … recorded his first career tackle and pass defensed @ Min (10/9) … registered his first career sack, taking down Ben Roethlisberger for a five-yard loss in the fourth quarter vs. Pit (10/23); added two tackles, including one for loss, and one QB pressure … made first career start @ Bal (10/30); forced a fumble on sack of Joe Flacco in third quarter, his first career forced fumble; also collected a season-high six tackles … recorded a sack for the third consecutive game vs. StL (11/6); became the first Cardinal rookie to have a sack in three straight games since Simeon Rice had streaks of three and four games with a sack in 1996; also had four tackles, including one for loss, and one QB pressure … registered three unassisted tackles and a team-leading three special teams tackles @ Phi (11/13) … recorded a career-high two sacks, two forced fumbles and had first career fumble recovery @ StL (11/27); also had three unassisted tackles, including one for loss, one QB pressure and one special teams tackle; sacked Sam Bradford and forced a fumble in the first quarter with the Rams inside the 20; forced and then recovered a fumble by Lance Kendricks in the third quarter that led to Cardinals go-ahead TD; became the first Cards rookie with multiple sacks in a game since Karlos Dansby had two vs. NYG on 11/14/04; became the first rookie to record at least two sacks and two forced fumbles in a game and the first player to do so since Bertrand Berry in 2006 (10/22 @ Oak) … collected two unassisted tackles and two special teams tackles vs. SF (12/11); also had one pass defensed, tipping Alex Smith’s pass on 2nd-n-3 at the 6-yard line in the second quarter, helping the Cardinals hold the 49ers to a FG on the drive … collected his sixth sack of the season @ Cin (12/24); totaled two unassisted tackles, including one for loss and one QB pressure … recorded his seventh sack of the season and forced a Tarvaris Jackson fumble on the play vs. Sea (1/1/12); collected two unassisted tackles, including one for loss, and one special teams tackle.

College: Appeared in 50 games with the Longhorns, starting the last 26 contests of his collegiate career … started 24 games at weakside DE and two at weakside DT … recorded 148 tackles (98 solo) with 23.5 sacks, 37 tackles for a loss, eight forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and 20 QB pressures … his 31.5 sacks were good for 10th all-time in Texas history … was a three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection … earned third-team All-American honors (AP) and became Texas' second William V. Campbell Trophy winner (nation's top football student-athlete) as a senior in ‘10 ... recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy (all-around excellence in athletic, academic and community achievement) and the ARA Sportsmanship Award ... became the university’s seventh two-time Academic All-American and was a member of the AFCA Good Works Team, as he was named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete ... finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and a Lombardi Award semifinalist ... unanimous first-team All-Big 12 Conference choice … started all 12 games, lining up at weakside DE for 10 contests and at weakside DT for two games … finished with 59 tackles  and led the team while ranking third in the conference with eight sacks and a career-best 15.5 tackles for loss … also paced the Longhorns with 12 QB pressures … posted five fumble recoveries, tying the school’s single-season record … led the conference while tying for second in the country with five forced fumbles … Academic All-American selection by ESPN the Magazine as a junior in ‘09 … Lott Trophy semifinalist ... named honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference by the league's coaches and the AP … key part of a Texas defense that ranked 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg) and first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg) … started all 14 games at weakside DE, recording a career-best 63 tackles (44 solos) as he placed seventh in the conference with nine sacks and 12th with 13 tackles for  loss … forced two fumbles and led the team with four fumble recoveries … posted four QB pressures and three passes defensed … saw action in all 13 games, lining up behind Brian Orakpo at strongside DE as a sophomore in ‘08 … academic All-Big 12 Conference and academic All-District VI first-team selection … helped the team rank first in the conference in scoring defense (18.8 ppg), total defense (342.9 ypg), rushing defense (83.5 ypg/third NCAA) and second in pass efficiency defense (124.2 rating) ... recorded 16 tackles (nine solos) with three sacks and four QB pressures, as he also deflected a pair of passes and forced a fumble … as a freshman in ’07, was named one of UT's Outstanding Defensive Newcomers, as he appeared in 11 games as a reserve “quick” side DE … part of a Texas defense that gave up just 93.4 rushing yards per game (sixth in NCAA) ... registered 10 tackles (six solos), 1.5 sacks, two passes defensed and two QB pressures.

Personal: Full name Samuel Onyedikachi Acho … last name pronounced “AH-cho” and middle name means “Who is like unto God” … attended St. Mark’s (Dallas, TX) High School, where he was a three-time All-Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) performer and four-year member of the school’s honor roll … as a sophomore, helped St. Mark's to a 10-1 season and an SPC Championship, lining up at DE and TE … totaled 10.0 sacks in his sophomore season … the Lions compiled a 9-2 record during his junior campaign, as he had 12.0 sacks … also lettered four times in track and field, serving as team captain in each of his last two years and was three-time letter-winner in basketball, averaging 12.2 points and 15.0 rebounds per game as a senior … completed a marketing internship with Target in 2009 … brother, Emmanuel, was a LB at UT and was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft; he is currently with the Philadelphia Eagles … mother, Christie, ran track at University College Hospital in Nigeria … married his wife, Ngozi, in March of 2014 … earned a double bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Texas’ McCombs School of Business Honors Program with a 3.6 GPA … currently taking classes at Thunderbird School of Global Management to earn his MBA in International Business.

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