“They played us tough both times we played them last year, and we weren't very effective against their defense. They had a very good defense as well as offense, everything just didn't come together until the end of the season, which is why they didn't have as successful of a season as they wanted to. It seems we have the potential to do everything we have the desire to do this year. We just have to work on everything coming together at the same time."
Atogwe, 30, is a 5-11, 205-pounder who went to Stanford. He is projected to be a backup to Nate Allen at free safety.
"My mind-set going into camp is really the same mind-set that I've always had, and that's focusing on doing the best I can do as far as learning the defense to the degree of excellence that is required, and then performing to the best of my ability," he said. "With that mind-set and that approach, I think what will happen is what will happen. It's definitely a situation that I'm excited about because I haven't been in this position since the second year of my career. It's definitely one I look forward to because it's challenging and it will bring the best out of me."
Atogwe's nickname is O.J. He explains: "My first name is Oshiomogho, which means, ‘God owns the day and only God knows my tomorrow.' I got the nickname O.J. back when I was 7 or 8 years old when I started playing football.
“They couldn't pronounce my name, so my football coach just called me ‘O'. Then, I started to play running back and they started calling me O.J. because they said I played like him [O.J. Simpson]."