Few could’ve seen what was coming for Texas football along the defensive line this past season from senior defensive end Charles Omenihu. Most of the hype and expectations to make a difference in the trenches and in the pass rush went to fellow senior defensive end Breckyn Hager.
Instead, what Hager provided the Horns was his worst statistical season with the program since his true freshman campaign back in 2015. All Hager was able to muster was 31 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 7.5 tackles for loss. That all came while he played in a career-high 13 games. It was a good thing that Omenihu had himself quite the breakout season.
In a season where Omenihu won himself Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year honors and boosted his 2019 NFL Draft stock, he helped the Horns more on the field than anything. This was the second straight season that a Texas defensive lineman won those honors. Omenihu also extended the Horns streak of defensive linemen receiving First-Team All-Big 12 honors.
All in all, Omenihu registered 45 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, one pass deflection, one fumble recovery, and one forced fumble. He led the team in tackles for loss and sacks and was very close to posting his first-career double-digit sack season. Watch out for Omenihu at the next level, but the Horns are definitely going to miss his production in 2019.