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Onyeali stepping up big

Even in the major high school ranks, let alone in BCS conference teams, 5-11 defensive ends are few and far in between. Not only is Nduka Onyeali one of those uncommon players, but his performance in fall camp has certainly been higher than his stature. Consequently, he is one of at least four true freshmen who will suit up for ASU this weekend for their season opener against Portland State.

The defensive end is a graduate of Mullen High School in Denver, Col. a known prep powerhouse in that state. He was named the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year in the state of Colorado and earned All-Colorado and All-Class 5A honors by the Denver Post. He was listed as the No. 56 defensive end recruit in the country by Scout.com, and recorded 16 quarterback sacks and approximately 90 tackles as a...

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