Mizzou's top returning receiver who looks to lead a talented, but youthful, group of route runners ... Has good speed, excellent hands and has displayed a fearless willingness to go over the middle and make catches ... Needs just 12 catches and 123 yards to reach the 100-catch and 1,000-yard career marks ... Enters the season ranked 9th on the MU career receptions list, with 88, and if he matched his 2003 output, he'd move all the way up to No. 3 on the chart ... Is the top man on the depth chart at the H-receiver position heading into the fall, and could also see some times returning kicks.
MU's leading receiver on the season with 52 catches for 466 yards, both of which represented career highs ... His 52 catches was more than the 36 combined he made in his first 2 years as a Tiger, and ranked him 9th on the MU single-season receptions chart ... His per-catch average dropped a bit to 9.0 yards (after averaging 12.0 ypc in 2002), as the Tiger passing attack has taken a back seat to the rushing game, which ranked 6th nationally and led the Big 12 Conference ... Improved his downfield blocking and was a contributor to MU's ground success ... Caught a pass in all 13 games on the season, and caught at least 5 passes in 6 different games ... Had multiple catches in all but 2 games (vs. Illinois and Texas A&M) ... Ended the season with a solid performance in the 2003 Independence Bowl, as he grabbed a career-high 8 passes for 63 yards against Arkansas ... That broke an MU bowl game record for most catches in a game ... Had 7 catches in week 3 versus Eastern Illinois, for 71 yards and a TD (11 yards from Brad Smith) ... Led MU with 5 catches (41 yards) at Kansas State as MU hung tough in its 24-14 loss in Manhattan ... Had 6 catches for 70 yards in week #2 at Ball State ... Was named to the Columbia Daily Tribune's "All-Interview" Team, based on his talkative nature.
Was MU's 3rd-leading receiver, despite playing in just 7 games ... Prior to suspension, caught 21 passes for 253 yards and 1 TD ... Opened the season impressively, as he caught 5 passes in each of MU's first 3 games ... Opened with 5 catches for 77 yards in MU's big win over Illinois, then followed with 5 catches for 81 yards (including career-long 33-yarder) against Ball State ... Had 5 more catches at Bowling Green (for 15 yards) ... Caught 2 early passes in week 4 against Troy State, including a perfect catch-and-run strike from Brad Smith that went 21 yards for a TD ... His 2nd catch over the middle (for 20 yards) resulted in cracked ribs after being sandwiched by Trojan defenders ... That injury knocked him out of following games against Oklahoma and Nebraska, and hampered him the rest of the way ... Had 2 catches in his last outing for 21 yards at Iowa State ... Returned a punt against Ball State for 19 yards, and took a kickoff back for 21 yards in his only try against Kansas ... Also carried twice on the year on reverses, but netted just one yard total.
A very talented wide receiver who enjoyed a solid freshman season ... Pulled in 15 receptions for 158 yards and a TD as a true freshman ... Was one of just four true freshmen to play (along with Marcus King, Tyrone Roberson and Calvin Washington) ... Scored his first career TD on a 15-yard pass from Kirk Farmer at Oklahoma State ... Had 3 receptions for 34 yards against Iowa State, including a diving catch in the final minute of the game that gave the Tigers one last shot at a come-from-behind win ... Had 2 catches against Southwest Texas, Texas, Colorado and Baylor.
Regarded as one of the best receivers in the country ... Ranked as the 27th best wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the fifth-best receiver prospect in the Midlands (Texas, Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma) by Prep Star ... First-team all-state performer in the state of Texas ... Recorded 50 receptions for 1,027 yards and 9 TDs as a senior ... As a junior, caught 51 passes for 900 yards and 10 TDs ... Pulled in 32 receptions for 400 yards and 4 TDs 4 as a sophomore ... Two-time first-team all-district and all-area ... Two-year basketball starter and placed third in the state in the 110 hurdles (13.7 seconds) ... High school coach - Jerry Bomar.
Son of Cassandra Omboga ... Born Feb. 19, 1982.
OMBOGA CAREER STATISTICS G-GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 2001 11-4 15 158 10.5 1 27 2002 7-5 21 253 12.0 1 33 2003 13-11 52 466 9.0 1 22 Totals 31-20 88 877 10.0 3 33
Kick Returns Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 2001 1 20 20.0 0 20 2002 1 21 21.0 0 21 2003 0 0 0.0 0 0 Totals 2 41 20.5 0 21
Punt Returns Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 2001 1 11 11.0 0 11 2002 1 19 19.0 0 19 2003 0 0 0.0 0 0 Totals 2 30 15.0 0 19
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