Charger Spotlight: Manny Nwosu

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Charger Spotlight: Manny Nwosu

Running back Manny Nwosu fights his way through the Ventura Cougars and gets a touchdown.

Running back Manny Nwosu fights his way through the Ventura Cougars and gets a touchdown.

Photo credit: Len-Len Pinaoan

Running back Manny Nwosu fights his way through the Ventura Cougars and gets a touchdown.

Photo credit: Len-Len Pinaoan

Photo credit: Len-Len Pinaoan

Running back Manny Nwosu fights his way through the Ventura Cougars and gets a touchdown.

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Not only was he named the homecoming king of 2015, he is also in line to be a king in Nigeria, all while being an award-winning athlete.

 

He grew up in a town in Nigeria with his brother and two sisters. His parents moved them to Goleta when he was a year old, then moved back to Nigeria when he was four. They stayed there for a couple of months, then moved back to Goleta and have been living here ever since.

 

“I think it would have been hard if I was going to school at the time but at the time I wasn’t, so it wasn’t that hard,” said Nwosu.

 

Nwosu’s father had the opportunity to be king, but abdicated the throne.

 

Nwosu is next up for the king title but said he will probably say no, given the circumstances. Next up is his brother who will probably follow in his brother’s footsteps and say no as well.

 

Nwosu is a running back on the varsity football team. He was chosen as the MVP this year.

 

“As a player he is electrifying, super athletic, and a hard-nosed football player.” said football coach Nate Mendoza.

 

Mendoza has known Nwosu since he was a freshmen. Mendoza talked about how Nwosu has accepted and embraced the family concept they have in the football program.

 

“Nwosu understands and believes in the brotherhood they have on the team, and makes everyone feel welcomed and part of the team.” said Mendoza.

 

Nwosu was named Male Athlete of the Week back in October at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon for a Carpinteria football game where DP won 53-28.

 

“I felt really accomplished that finally my hard work was being noticed.” said Nwosu.

 

At the game, he had 87 receiving yards and 35 kicks, rushed 16 times in 218 yards with a 13.6 average, with 340 all-purpose yards, all while scoring five touchdowns.

 

“He was Athlete of the Week and that’s awesome. It’s one of those thing that you are very proud of, when you player gets an award like that because it really represents the entire high school within the community that we live in. So very proud to have a kid receive an award for our team and our school, well deserved.” said Mendoza.

 

Along with football, Nwosu also enjoys soccer. The moment he made varsity soccer sculpted the way he looks at things now.

 

“When I got pulled out to be on varsity soccer, that boosted my confidence, [and it] showed me [that] I can do stuff if I put my mind to it,” said Nwosu.

 

Along with sports, Nwosu participates in photography. A team player on and off the field, Jacqueline Kelemen, photography teacher at DP, has Nwosu in her zero period.

 

“Nwosu is a creative kind student, always ready to help outa team player all in all.” said Kelemen.

 

Even with his sports practices running late into the evening, Nwosu still manages to get to Kelemen’s class on time.

 

“That’s really a huge thing; being able to be here on time and be present everyday for his zero period is a huge thing.” said Keleman.

 

Kelemen mentions how Nwosu’s photography shines in his nature shots, along with photos being edited in photoshop.

 

Tight-end, and defensive end, senior Austen Pearce is teammates with Nwosu on the football team.

 

“A humble young man, he’s a respectable guy who is very athletic and knows how treat a women to a nice dinner,” said Pearce.

 

Nwosu’s biggest inspiration are his parents.

 

“[It inspires me] how they grew up and had to come here from Nigeria,” said Nwosu. “That pushes me.”

 

Sports is what he is most passionate about. It has such an importance in his life it has had an effect on where he would like to be someday. In the future for his career, he hopes to be playing on a team in Major League Soccer.

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