Signed by Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent, May 13, 2013…Waived by Seahawks, Aug. 30, 2014…Claimed via waivers by Oakland Raiders, Aug. 31, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Athletic defensive end enters his first training camp with the Raiders after joining the team at the end of the 2014 preseason…Appeared in all 16 games for the Raiders, starting one…Recorded 15 tackles (10 solo) with one sack and a pass defensed in 2014… Also contributed on special teams…Debuted as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, playing two games.
2014: Joined the Silver and Black after spending training camp with the Seattle Seahawks…Appeared in all 16 games with one start...Totaled 15 tackles (10 solo), one sack and one pass defensed...Also contributed two tackles on special teams...(9/7) at NYJ: Made Raiders debut and posted a special teams tackle on a fourth-quarter onside kick...(10/19) vs. Ari.: Saw first significant action on defense, recording one solo tackle...Batted a pass from QB Carson Palmer on a second-quarter screen pass, notching his first career pass defensed...(10/26) at Cle.: Made first career start at defensive end...Posted four tackles (two)...Dropped RB Ben Tate for a 1-yard loss in first quarter...Tracked down WR Taylor Gabriel on a 48-yard reception to save a TD in the first quarter...Helped set the edge for a defense that limited the NFL’s sixth-ranked rushing attack to just 1.6 yards per carry...(11/2) at Sea.: Continued to see time on the defensive line, posting three tackles (two)...(11/9) vs. Den.: Played more than half of the team’s defensive snaps...Credited with two tackles (one)...(11/16) at SD: Credited with one solo tackle...(12/7) vs. SF: Recorded first career sack, dropping QB Colin Kaepernick for a 2-yard loss on a third-and-11 play in the first quarter...(12/14) at KC: Saw action on defense and special teams...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Recorded one solo tackle on defense...(12/28) at Den.: Assisted on one tackle on defense...Also posted a special teams tackle, stopping PR Wes Welker for a 1-yard gain on a second-quarter punt.
2013 (with Sea.): Appeared in the first two games as an undrafted free agent before being inactive for the final 14 regular season contests and the postseason…Totaled two tackles (one solo) in his rookie campaign…(9/8) at Car.: Notched two tackles (one solo) in his NFL debut.
COLLEGE: Played in 45 career games at Idaho, collecting 67 tackles (47 solo), 11 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his four-year career...Earned three letters…As a senior, started eight of his 11 games played…Tallied 22 tackles (13), seven of which were for losses…Added three sacks, four quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and one pass breakup…As a junior, played in 10 games with six starts…Finished the season with 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, as well as five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles…Tied a career best by posting five tackles vs. Bowling Green State…Recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries vs. Hawaii, all personal bests…As a sophomore, played in all 13 games as the Vandals’ starting rush defensive end…Played in 12 games as a true freshman…Helped the Vandals win the Humanitarian Bowl with two tackles for loss and a sack.
PERSONAL: Attended Inglewood (Calif.) High School…Was a first-team all-league choice and a second-team All-California Interscholastic Federation selection…As a senior, posted 11 sacks and 75 tackles…Also had a 43-yard INT return…Father, David, moved to U.S. from Nigeria in the mid-1970s and worked until he could afford to move his wife, Eunice, to the States…Pronounced may-OH-uh.
Former Seahawks DE Benson Mayowa has seen increased playing time in recent weeks and his makes his Silver and Black Show debut as the he prepares to face his former team.