2014 American Athletic Conference First Team
2014 Reese's Senior Bowl Roster Selection
2014 East-West Shrine Game Roster Selection
2014 Phil Steele's Preseason AAC Second Team
2014 Athlon Sports Preseason AAC First Team
2011-12 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
2014: 2014 captain ... started all 13 games for the Cougars at defensive tackle in 2014... tallied 32 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks and one interception ... registered one tackle in Houston's comeback victory in the Armed Forces Bowl ... added one tackle and a pass breakup at Cincinnati ... recorded a sack and four tackles at Memphis ... racked up a career-high eight tackles, including a tackle for loss vs. UCF ... tallied three tackles, including one for a loss of one yard ... recorded two tackles, a sack for a loss of two yards and notched his second career interception at BYU ... finished with five tackles and a half tackle for a loss of six yards in season opener vs. UTSA ... also notched a quarterback hurry.
2013: Starting defensive tackle in all 13 games ... led all defensive tackles with 29 stops for the second straight year ... had multiple tackles in 11 games ... season-best four stops at UTSA ... had tackles for loss against Rice, Memphis, UCF and Louisville, including a half-sack vs. the Cardinals ... broke up three passes on the year.
2012: Started eight games at defensive tackle while playing in all 12 ... led all defensive tackles with 27 tackles ... had five stops vs. ECU ... picked up second career sack at UCLA ... made first career interception against SMU ... also broke up a pass vs. the Mustangs.
2011: Developing young interior lineman that played in 12 games as a true freshman ... improved throughout his freshman campaign at taking on blockers, freeing up the UH defenders to rank among national leaders in tackles-for-loss (108) and sacks (31) ... had four total tackles, including one tackle-for-loss ... made a stop for a two-yard loss at Tulane ... had two tackles against Marshall and a fourth stop at UAB.
High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... earned First-Team All-District 23-4A honors ... received First-Team All-Area honors in both 2009 and 2010 and Second-Team accolades in 2008 ... had 67 tackles, two sacks and two blocked field goals as a senior ... PrepStar All-Region ... three-time All-District performer ... three-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines ... high school coach was Mark Wiatrek ... helped lead team to the playoffs in both 2010 and 2009 ... also a member of the track team in discus and shot put ... won the discus district championship in 2010 and advanced to the regional championship ... chose Houston over Air Force, Arizona, Kansas State and Rice.
Personal: Son of Charles Nzams and Helen Nso ... Father, Charles, is a FIFA soccer scout ... majored in kinesiology.
Joey Mbu's Career Bests
Tackles: 8, UCF (2014)
Tackles for Loss: 1, 7x, last vs. UCF (2014)
Interceptions: 1, twice, last at BYU (2014)
Sacks: 1, 3x, last at Memphis (2014)
PBU: 1, 7x, last at Cincinnati (2014)