Fort Valley, Ga.
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6-0 / 180
By Ryan Schulz
Vanderbilt played at Florida on Nov. 5, 2011.
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Fifth-year senior played in all 13 games as reserve wide receiver, and one of the team's most dependable performers on special teams... As receiver, had three catches for 16 yards... Also contributed one rush on a reverse... On special teams, credited with eight tackles, including one resulting in 21-yard loss early in Kentucky game... Contributed big special team's play vs. Georgia, blocking punt deep in Bulldog territory that gave Commodores a chance to earn last-second comeback victory.
Played in 11 of 12 games, missing the season finale due to injury... Earned 10 starting assignments at wide receiver... A superb blocker from the WR position, Umoh also stood out on punt coverage units... Witnessed drop in production from previous year, concluding campaign with 12 receptions, good for 194 yards and two TDs... Averaged 16.2 yards per catch, a single-season career high... Named team's Offensive Player of the Week after performance at Connecticut: three catches, one going for a 48-yard TD... Followed the UConn effort with a 65-yard scoring strike in victory over Eastern Michigan, marking the team's longest catch of the year... Also contributed three receptions vs. Northwestern... Topped special teams with six tackles on punt coverage.
Enjoyed best season in Commodore uniform as redshirt sophomore, earning starts in 11 of 12 games at wide receiver... Regarded as one of top blockers from receiver position and extremely productive on punt coverage units... Set career highs with 20 receptions and 267 receiving yards... Ranked third on team in catches and posted 13.4-yard per catch average, tops among wide receivers... Notched five catches for 95 yards in victory over Rice... Effort also included 54-yard hookup, longest of the season for the Commodores... Had three catches for 27 yards and first career touchdown against Ole Miss... Added 42-yard reception against Georgia Tech... Had three rushes for 26 yards... As special teams contributor, posted nine solo stops and 10 total tackles... Also shared team's Specialist of the Week honor after effort at Tennessee.
Umoh saw action in every game in his first season, playing as receiver and special teams contributor... Broke through at WR in win over Boston College in the Music City Bowl, contributing team-high three receptions for 29 yards... The catches were first of Umoh's collegiate career... A standout on coverage units posting 10 total tackles, including four stops in the Music City Bowl.
Impressed coaches as a freshman wide receiver prospect, though did not play in first year on campus... Earned team's postseason Offensive Scout MVP Award, and earned weekly offensive scout honors after Eastern Michigan and Florida games.
Talented wide receiver who helped the Peach County Trojans to consecutive AAA state titles... Named to Associated Press' AAA First Team All-State as senior, all-region selection as junior and senior... In 2006, caught 64 passes for 1,058 yards and 14 touchdowns, including two TDs in 28-7 state championship win over Shaw HS... Trojans were 14-1 in 2006 after 12-3 title run in 2005... Standout sprinter in track & field, with personal bests of 21.7 (200 meters) and 48.6 (400 meters)... 2006 preseason academic all-state honoree and Wendy's Heisman Athlete nominee.
Udom Iyamba Umoh... Son of Jerry and Angela Murtagh... Born Dec. 6, 1988 in Maiduguri, Nigeria... Has an older sister, Jann Umoh, and younger brother, Michael Murtagh... Dad teaches at Fort Valley State; mom is academic advisor for Upward Bound program... Five prep teammates are expected to sign college football scholarships... Completed work in December on undergraduate degree in English from College of Arts and Science.