The Cardinals fourth-round selection (103rd overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft, appeared in all 16 games as a rookie with starts in each of the final 10 matchups.
2011: Played in all 16 games and started the last 10 at OLB … finished second on the team with 7.0 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 career-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 against the NY Giants 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.
Appeared in 50 games with the Longhorns, starting the last 26 contests in 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.
Full name Samuel Onyedikachi Acho … last named 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 sacks in that sophomore season … the Lions compiled a 9-2 record during his junior campaign, as he had 12 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 … mother, Christie, ran track at University College Hospital in Nigeria … earned a double bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from Texas’ McCombs School of Business Honors Program with a 3.6 GPA.
Sam Acho strips Jason Snelling and Greg Toler saves the fumble from going out of bounds allowing Rashad Johnson to recover the fumble against the Falcons.
Arizona Cardinals LB Sam Acho surprises a lucky fan by giving him an early Christmas gift before the team took on the Chicago Bears.