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James Onwualu (born September 4, 1994) is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Notre Dame.

James Onwualu
No. 58 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-04) September 4, 1994 (age 25)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Cretin-Derham Hall
(Saint Paul, Minnesota)
College:Notre Dame
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:10
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

College careerEdit

Onwualu started his college career at Notre Dame as a wide receiver before switching to linebacker during his sophomore season in 2014. As a senior co-captain, he registered 75 tackles, three sacks, and led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss.

Professional careerEdit

Los Angeles ChargersEdit

Onwualu signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2017.[1] He played in nine games after making the initial 53-man roster before being waived on December 16, 2017 and re-signed to the practice squad.[2][3] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on January 1, 2018.[4]

On August 22, 2018, Onwualu was waived/injured by the Chargers and was placed on injured reserve.[5] He was released on August 25, 2018.

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On November 19, 2018, Onwualu was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.[6] He was promoted to the active roster on November 27, 2018.[7] He was waived on April 29, 2019.[8]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On April 30, 2019, Onwualu was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.[9] He was placed on injured reserve on August 9, 2019 with a knee injury.[10]


  1. ^ Henne, Ricky (May 1, 2017). "Chargers Agree to Terms with 15 Undrafted Free Agents". Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Henne, Ricky (December 16, 2017). "Chargers Sign Craig Mager to Active Roster".
  3. ^ Henne, Ricky (December 18, 2017). "Chargers Claim K Nick Rose Off Waivers".
  4. ^ Henne, Ricky (January 1, 2018). "Chargers Sign Six to Reserve/Future Contracts".
  5. ^ Henne, Ricky (August 22, 2018). "Bolts Sign RB Terrell Watson".
  6. ^ "49ers Sign LB James Onwualu to the Practice Squad". November 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "49ers Announce Several Roster Moves". November 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "San Francisco 49ers Waive Seven Players". April 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Williams, Charean (April 30, 2019). "Jaguars claim James Onwualu off waivers". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  10. ^ "Jaguars make roster moves". August 9, 2019.

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