Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Named A Preseason All-American

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame senior rover Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has come a long way over the last year. After entering the 2019 season as an unknown on the national scene, Owusu-Koramoah was named a first-team preseason All-American by Athlon Sports heading into the 2020 season.

Owusu-Koramoah made his presence felt immediately in 2019 after not playing a single snap of defensive football during his first two seasons on campus. Then a junior, Owusu-Koramoah racked up nine tackles and two tackles for loss in the season-opening win over Louisville. He ended the season on an even stronger note, tying his career best mark with nine tackles to go with career highs in tackles for loss (four) and sacks (three) in the Camping World Bowl victory over Iowa State.

The Irish rover tied for the team lead in tackles (80) and sacks (5.5), and led the Irish defense with 13.5 tackles for loss.

His combination of length, speed, range, instincts and all-around skill allowed Owusu-Koramoah to quickly grow into one of the best players on the defense. Now he heads into his senior season as not only one of the best players on the Irish defense, but one of the nation's best linebackers and players.

On top of being a preseason first-team All-American by Athlon Sports, Owusu-Koramoah was recently ranked by ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay as the 17th best overall draft prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Comments (5)
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I know you’re not a fan of doing this but what player comp in the NFL would you say JOK reminds you of? I see Shaq Thompson at Washington / Deone Buchannon at Washington State
Both hybrid Safety Linebackers.

Also do you see JOK as being the new evolution of LB’s at the college/Pro level.
The 6 foot 215 types that can cover like safeties but play in the box vs. the run?

It was really eye opening to me that he hasn’t tapped into his potential during the Bowl post game presser when Chase and BK said something to the effect that JOK “would be even more dangerous if we could get him lined up right” so once he is 100% locked in the sky is the limit.


JOK is a great talent and someone the staff specifically found and picked for Rover.
Last Summer everyone was apprehensive about the LB's with new players with limited game minutes--and both JOK and White turned out fine.

Clark Lea has a great system and he really develops his LB's and it's not an easy system to master. I hope JOK will stay healthy and he's going to be something of a "marked man" now because teams will be scheming to handle him but he'll still shine.

ND has talent all across the defense now so it's a strong and versatile unit with a lot of interchangeable players who can match up well against a wide variety offensive teams.

It wasn't that long ago that they had some issues with the Nickel and Dime packages and not really having the right combinations and skill sets---they've turned that corner for the most part.


I don't remember the recruitment of this kid. To be honest I'm not a "recruiting guy" so I don't remember most of them!

Did ND go head to head with a lot of good programs to get him or was he an under the radar guy diamond in the rough type that ND identified?