Esezi Otomewo (pronounced uh-SAY-zee o-TOE-may-who) initially committed to Western Michigan to play for P.J. Fleck but switched to Minnesota when Fleck was named head coach of the Gophers. The three-star recruit from Indianapolis' Ben Davis High School redshirted the 2017 season and was named the Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year for his efforts during practice. Otomewo was the team's Outstanding Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2018 (14 tackles, two for loss with one sack in 13 games) and posted 22 tackles (five for loss with 2.5 sacks) in 13 games as a reserve the following season. He started seven games in 2020 (15 tackles, one sack), then earned honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference notice in 2021 (30 tackles, 4.5 for loss with three sacks in 13 starts). -- by Chad Reuter, NFL.com
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