College: Boston College
Birthday: March 8, 1983
Mathias Kiwanuka should never have a problem keeping his accomplishments as a football player in perspective. His grandfather was elected the first prime minister of Uganda in 1961, and in 1972 while serving as the African nation’s chief justice was assassinated for defying dictator Idi Amin. Mathias, a U.S. native, visited his family’s homeland in 1991 and was overwhelmed by the regard in which the people still held his grandfather nearly 20 years after his death.
“Kiwi” uses his long arms to keep blockers off of his body and closes quickly on the quarterback once he gets through the line. He has surprising speed for someone with such a long, lanky frame. Kiwanuka also uses his height to his advantage by getting his hands up to swat down passes or at least take away a passing lane. He looks lean at 262 lbs. and should be able to carry more weight as he continues to develop.
Kiwanuka has struggled recently against some quality offensive tackles. In Boston College’s bowl game, Boise State’s Daryn Colledge limited him to one tackle. In the Senior Bowl practices, Colledge again handled him effectively, and D’Bricksahaw Ferguson dominated him. Kiwanuka injured his shoulder in the workouts and did not play in the game.
Kiwanuka has similar tools to those of Simeon Rice when Rice entered the draft in 1996. He appears best suited to be a weakside end in a 4-3. He should also be able to play outside linebacker in a 3-4, although he may eventually outgrow that position.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca)
Matthias Kiwanuka’s 2005 Stats G TCK TFL SKS FF FR 11 51 16.5 9.5 1 0 Matthias Kiwanuka Home