College: Boston College
Birthday: March 8, 1983
If Mathias Kiwanuka’s bloodlines are any indication, he should be able to handle any adversity that football throws at him. His grandfather was elected the first prime minister of Uganda in 1961, and in 1972 he was assassinated by Idi Amin. Being double-teamed by offensive linemen doesn’t seem so bad in comparison to leading a developing nation and facing a brutal dictator.
The 6’7” defensive end uses his long arms to keep offensive tackles at bay and take passing lanes away from the quarterback. He also has the quickness, closing speed, and agility to run down plays from behind.
Unlike many defensive ends with elite pass rush skills, “Kiwi” works to be a complete player. He was a model of consistency in 2003, recording a tackle-for-loss in every game. Miami was the only opponent to hold him without either a sack or at least four tackles.
Kiwanuka needs to add some bulk to his long, lanky frame. When he is not able to out-quick an offensive tackle and allows the blocker to get to his body, he struggles to separate from the stronger player.
Kiwanuka will likely be a highly coveted prospect if he enters the draft after this season. He projects to right outside linebacker position for the Texans, and in addition to his physical tools has the mental makeup on which Dom Capers puts a premium.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca)
Mathias Kiwanuka’s 2003 Stats G TCK TFL SKS FF FR 13 83 16 13.0 1 1 Mathias Kiwanuka Home