Fans at Penn State knew him as Jayson Oweh, but the Baltimore Ravens faithful will know him by a different first name: Odafe.
Oweh, the No. 31 overall pick in the draft by the Ravens, said he now prefers to be called by his given name. He used Jayson, his middle name, as a youngster when others had trouble pronouncing Odafe.
“I don’t care anymore; you’re going to have to learn how to pronounce it,” he said.
For the record, it’s pronounced O-dah-FEH.
The 6-foot-5 Oweh, a defensive end, played 24 games over three seasons for the Nittany Lions. He had seven sacks and 13 1/2 tackles for loss in his career.
Coach John Harbaugh had high praise for his first-round draft pick.
“He’s an aggressive player. He runs to the ball very fast,” Harbaugh said, per The Baltimore Sun. “He’s in the backfield constantly. He’s knocking people back into the backfield. He’s beating tackles into the backfield. He runs things down from behind. I think he’s a perfect fit for our defense.”
–Field Level Media