TWO NIGERIANS SIGNED TO THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

JAGUARS SIGN DE PANNEL EGBOH AND SAFETY CHRIS BANJO

As is our custom at Olamild Ent, we acknowledge and shed spotlight on Africans doing it big in their chosen field. Just yesterday, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed second-year defensive end Pannel Egboh and rookie safety Chris Banjo. Egboh and Banjo were with the Jaguars the past three days during voluntary veteran minicamp on a tryout basis. Congratulations to these Nigerian Americans! We are so proud of them.

The Jaguars now have 61 players under contract. Egboh, 6-6, 277, played in 12 games for the Tennessee Titans last season after the spending the 2011 season on the club’s practice squad. He has also spent time with San Francisco, Houston and Philadelphia after being signed as a rookie free agent by the 49ers in 2009. The Mesquite, Texas native attended Stanford where he switched from tight end to defensive end following his freshman season. Egboh started 10 of 12 games as a senior and collected 31 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

 He attended North Mesquite High School but did not play varsity football until his senior season. His name is pronounced Puh-NELL EGG-bo. Banjo, 5-10, 204, was not with an NFL club in 2012 after participating on a tryout basis with Oakland and Pittsburgh at their respective rookie minicamps. He participated in the 2013 Dallas Super Regional Combine. He was a four-year starting safety at Southern Methodist where he started all 12 games as a senior and posted 82 tackles. The Sugar Land, Texas native was an honorable-mention All-Conference USA selection following his senior season. He played at Kempner High School.

 SOURCE: Jaguars.com

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