Former Penn State DE Jayson Oweh reveals name change as he joins Baltimore Ravens
A new chapter in his career will also mark a name change for a former Penn State edge rusher.
Jayson Oweh was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, going No. 31 overall to the Baltimore Ravens. Now that he’s a pro, Oweh is electing to go by his first name of “Odafe”.
Oweh explains why he didn’t use his first name in college.
“Jayson is my middle name,” Oweh said to Pro Football Talk via 247Sports.“My first name is Odafe. I’m of Nigerian descent. People were having trouble pronouncing Odafe, so I went to Jayson my earlier years, but I don’t care anymore; you’re going to have to learn how to pronounce it.”
A first-year Penn State starter in 2020, During his first year as a starter at Penn State last season, the redshirt sophomore Oweh was an All-Big Ten selection (first-team by the coaches and second-team by the media) as a redshirt sophomore. Oweh missing the last two contests because of an undisclosed injury.
After racking up seven sacks in his first two seasons at Penn State, Oweh didn’t record any last season. However, the Ravens were ultimately sold after the 6-foot-5, 257-pound Oweh posted a 4.39 40-yard dash and pulled off an 11-2 broad jump on Pro Day.