Vanderbilt opened its football season against Ole Miss on August 29, 2013. (John Russell)
Honors 2013 SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Nov. 9)
2013 Azubike became one of the Commodores' top defensive linemen without earning a start... Part of five-player rotation at defensive end... Showed tons of improvement from start of season to closing stretch... Served as top reserve DE, seeing action in 10 games... Did not play against Tennessee, Wake Forest or Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl... Finished the regular season with 21 solo tackles and 31 total tackles, both career highs... Also topped the defense with 10 tackles for loss and shared the team lead with four quarterback sacks...Earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for superb performance in win at Florida - four tackles, two QB sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a pair of hurries... Recorded career-best seven tackles, including two resulting in losses, against Missouri... Contributed five tackles at South Carolina, and registered first sack of season vs. Austin Peay... Added two tackles, a defensed pass and QB hurry in opener aginst Ole Miss.
2012 Azubike enjoyed one of the finest campaigns ever by a Commodore true freshman defensive end... Saw action in all 13 games, playing more snaps than any other Vanderbilt first-year player... Set team record for true freshmen with four quarterback sacks... Ended season with 15 solo tackles, 21 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a pair of QB hurries... Played well in Music City Bowl win, earning three tackles and fumble recovery... Set season high with three solo tackles, including a sack, at Northwestern... Added key sack in win over Tennessee.
High School Senior captain, two-year starter at DE... As senior, topped the Raiders with 117 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 10 QB sacks and six forced fumbles for Raiders... Two-time team MVP... All-State recipient as senior; listed on Tennessean's Dream Team... Posted three sacks at postseason Offense-Defense All-American Bowl held in Texas... Earned defensive MVP honors in Tennessee East-West All-Star Game after setting record with 17 tackles... Finalist for Hume Award, given to Nashville public school's top scholar-athlete.
Personal Chukwuemeka Caleb Azubike... Son of Chuck and Nkechi Azubike... Born March 31, 1994 in Nigeria... Dad is private businessman; mom is a nurse... Has two brothers, Onochie and Ifeatu, and two sisters, Adaobi and Chinazor... Family moved from England prior to ninth grade... Played trumpet in McGavock marching band as freshman.
Career Highs Total Tackles: 7, vs. Missouri, 10/5/2013 Solo Tackles: 5, vs. Missouri, 10/5/2013 QB Sacks: 2, at Florida, 11/9/2013 Tackles for loss: 2.5, at Florida, 11/9/2013