Player Bio

Joel Iyiegbuniwe
LB #45
Height:
6-1
Weight:
230
Age:
22
College:
Western Kentucky
Experience:
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Biography

2017 - Junior Season: Team captain and Conference USA First Team selection ... capped what proved to be his final season on The Hill with a bang, leading WKU in tackles (117) and tackles for loss (11.5) before declaring for the NFL Draft with a year of eligibility remaining - the first Hilltopper to do so since Jonathan Dowling (2013) ... his 200 career tackles are the sixth-most in a career in the FBS era and his 117 tackles on the season were the third-most in the FBS era ... tallied double-digit tackle performances five times on the year, including two 15-tackle games against Middle Tennessee and Marshall, the second-most in a game in the FBS era ... closed the season with a bang as he racked up 49 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss in the final four games of the season.

2016 - Sophomore Season: Started all 14 games ... honorable mention All-Conference USA ... saw his role increase dramatically in 2016, starting all 14 games at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers ... finished the year with 64 total tackles (39 solo), the fourth-most on the team and most among underclassmen ... added 10 tackles for loss, one of four Hilltoppers to record double-digit TFL numbers and one of two linebackers, which included 3.5 sacks ... led the team at No. 1 Alabama with 10 tackles (seven solo) ... at Miami (Ohio), he forced his first career fumble and added five quarterback hurries and three pass breakups.

2015 - Freshman Season: A major contributor on special teams and as a reserve linebacker as a redshirt freshman, tallying 19 total tackles (14 solo) including a season-high five (three solo) against Miami (Ohio) ... appeared in all 14 games and got his first sack and tackle for loss at North Texas, a two-yard loss ... record six total special teams tackles, five coming off kickoff coverage. 2014 - Redshirt: Played in the first three games of the season before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year ... granted a medical hardship waiver.

2017 - Junior Season: Team captain and Conference USA First Team selection ... capped what proved to be his final season on The Hill with a bang, leading WKU in tackles (117) and tackles for loss (11.5) before declaring for the NFL Draft with a year of eligibility remaining - the first Hilltopper to do so since Jonathan Dowling (2013) ... his 200 career tackles are the sixth-most in a career in the FBS era and his 117 tackles on the season were the third-most in the FBS era ... tallied double-digit tackle performances five times on the year, including two 15-tackle games against Middle Tennessee and Marshall, the second-most in a game in the FBS era ... closed the season with a bang as he racked up 49 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss in the final four games of the season.

2016 - Sophomore Season: Started all 14 games ... honorable mention All-Conference USA ... saw his role increase dramatically in 2016, starting all 14 games at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers ... finished the year with 64 total tackles (39 solo), the fourth-most on the team and most among underclassmen ... added 10 tackles for loss, one of four Hilltoppers to record double-digit TFL numbers and one of two linebackers, which included 3.5 sacks ... led the team at No. 1 Alabama with 10 tackles (seven solo) ... at Miami (Ohio), he forced his first career fumble and added five quarterback hurries and three pass breakups.

2015 - Freshman Season: A major contributor on special teams and as a reserve linebacker as a redshirt freshman, tallying 19 total tackles (14 solo) including a season-high five (three solo) against Miami (Ohio) ... appeared in all 14 games and got his first sack and tackle for loss at North Texas, a two-yard loss ... record six total special teams tackles, five coming off kickoff coverage. 2014 - Redshirt: Played in the first three games of the season before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year ... granted a medical hardship waiver.

 

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  • Smith, Iyiegbuniwe helping each other assimilate

    Posted May 11, 2018

    Bears draft picks and inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Joel Iyiegbuniwe are bonding at the team's rookie minicamp and helping each other transition into the NFL.

  • Bears select Iyiegbuniwe in Round 4

    Posted Apr 28, 2018

    The Bears addressed their defense in the fourth round of the draft Saturday by selecting Western Kentucky linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe with the 115th overall pick.

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