March 24, 2018

Nwachukwu Feels at Home in Houston


Uzoma Nwachukwu, better known as Ez, left Texas A&M University as one of four Aggies with more that 120 catches, 1500 yards and 10 touchdowns in a career. Now Nwachukwu (pronounced WATCH-ah-coo) is looking for more in Houston with the Texans, and he has shown early that his success at College Station has carried over. He finished his college career with 152 receptions, 2,239 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Allen, Texas native measures in at 5-11 and 196 lbs. and when training camp opens he will be in a serious competition to make the Texans’ roster. The rookie wide receiver has an impressive skill set with solid hands and quick feet to get in and out of routes. He has the speed to stretch defenses and is a different type of receiver than what the Texans are used to.

During OTAs, Nwachukwu had his chance to practice against NFL caliber players and he looked good during the practices. He talked to us about learning the offense and his time out on the field: 

“Things are going pretty good. Just trying to grasp the system. Watching the older guys work and just trying to make plays out there.

On the field, Nwachukwu has progressively gotten more comfortable with the offense and it shows in his confidence, especially in route running. The Texans wide receivers are required to run routes with the correct depth in the offensive scheme. Nwachukwu understands that this is no longer the college football scene and there are bigger expectations of him on the field. There is not a moment that he doesn’t take time to work on his game and he talked about what he needs to do to succeed:

“I’m working my craft. The NFL is your job. This is no longer just playing college football, this is your job. Working my craft, working my breaks, working my ball skills and hand eye coordination. Anything and everything really.”


Learning from the Best

Ez Nwachakwu

Ez Nwachakwu

It is apparent that Andre Johnson is the model wide receiver that the Texans want their younger wide receivers to learn from. Johnson has taken more of a lead talking to the younger wide receivers, working and teaching to the youth at the position. Nwachukwu is taking notes and talked about Johnson and his work ethic:

“It’s been pretty great. You can see how he runs his routes, how he works on the little things when we are doing individual drills. You can see the types of things he focuses on and I try to do everything he does on the field. If he puts one foot back, I am putting one foot back. Anything he does, I  am trying to copy it as much as I can.”


Aggies in Houston 

Nwachukwu is from one of the most passionate fan bases in college football in Texas A&M, and he will continue with some important Alumni in Aggie football history. He talked about his early relationship and the influence of Head Coach Gary Kubiak who played quarterback for the Aggies:

“I think it’s awesome with the Aggie connection with Coach Kubiak. I think it is pretty good and I am comfortable here. It is important to continue the legacy of Aggies here in Houston.”

Also with punter Shane Lechler and kicker Randy Bullock being fellow Aggie football players, Nwachukwu talked about trying to have secret Aggie meetings during camp:

“We try and have a couple A&M 12th man meetings, but we do talk about that great place in College Station.”

Nwachakwu at OTAs

Nwachakwu at OTAs

He knows the pressure that is on him and he feels like he is responsible for proving that Coach Kubiak took a good chance on bringing him to the team.

“He (Kubiak) just tells me every day I am not only representing Texas A&M but I have to make sure his (Kubiak) name is good too. He makes sure I keep on it every day.”


No matter where Nwachukwu ends up at the end of camp, his play making ability will show up on the field when he gets the ball in his hands. He is a gifted wide receiver that will have an uphill climb to make the Texans, but he has a realistic opportunity to make it on the practice squad. With young wide receivers on the roster, Nwachukwu has the chance to impress even more than he did in the off season. He is one to watch moving forward and should be fun to watch when the lights come on.


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