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  Akeem Ayers
Akeem Ayers

Player Profile
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA

High School:
Verbum Dei

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 255

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
07/10/1989

Experience:
3V

09/18/2010

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UCLA vs. No. 23 Houston - Sept. 18, 2010

09/13/2008

No. 18 BYU Too Much for UCLA

Cougars and Bruins meet for third time in a year

2010 - Season captain ... Earned second-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation ... One of five Butkus Award finalists (he finished third in voting) ... Third-team Associated Press All-American ... Second-team Phil Steele All-American ... First-team All-Pac-10 selection ... Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist ... Phil Steele Mid-Season All-American ... Listed on the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award pre-season watch lists ... Named defensive co-winner of UCLA's Henry R. "Red" Sanders for Most Valuable Player ... Started all 12 games ... Fourth on the team with 68 tackles, first (tied) with 4.0 sacks, second with 10.0 tackles for loss and second (tied) with two interceptions ... T-24th in the Pac-10 in tackles (5.67), T-14th in interceptions (0.17), T-14th in fumbles forced (0.17), T-eighth in fumbles recovered (0.17), T-16th in tackles for loss (0.83) and T-20th in sacks (0.33) ... Recorded a career-high 11 tackles, including a sack in the opener at Kansas State ... Also recovered a fumble and tipped a pass ... Made seven tackles, 0.5 for loss, and broke up a pass, against Stanford ... Made five tackles, two for loss, against Houston ... Also intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 77 yards late in the first half ... Playing both linebacker and end at Texas, he was credited with six tackles, including a sack and a second stop for loss ... Caused a Longhorn fumble with his sack and made his second interception of the year ... Collected four tackles against Washington State, including a sack, on which he forced and recovered a fumble on WSU's final possession ... Made three stops and broke up a pass at Cal ... Credited with five stops, 0.5 tackles for loss at Oregon ... Made four tackles against Arizona ... Totaled six tackles, including one sack and a second stop for loss, against Oregon State ... Tied for team-high honors at Washington with eight tackles, including 0.5 for loss ... Recorded six tackles at Arizona State ... Made three tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, against USC.

2009 - Started all 13 games at strongside linebacker ... Named honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... First-team Sophomore All-America selection by CollegeFootballNews.com ... Tied a UCLA season record with two touchdowns on interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns in all (one fumble return) ... Led the team with four forced fumbles (T-3rd in Pac-10) ... Second on the team with 6.0 sacks (T-10th in Pac-10) and 14.5 tackles for loss (5th in Pac-10) ... In his final four games of the season, Ayers made 30 tackles, including 4.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions (returned one for a touchdown) and returned a fumble for a touchdown ... Opened the year with two tackles versus San Diego St. ... Had three stops at Tennessee ... Made five tackles at Kansas St., 2.0 sacks and a third tackle for loss ... Totaled seven tackles at Stanford; forced and recovered a fumble which led to a field goal ... Made a leaping interception in the end zone for a touchdown and was credited with four tackles against Oregon ... Four tackles vs. Cal ... Tied for the team lead with eight stops, one for loss, at Arizona and tipped a lateral that resulted in a touchdown return by safety Tony Dye ... Eight tackles, one for loss, at Oregon St. ... Made four tackles versus Washington ... Made interceptions on WSU's first and third possessions, setting up a pair of Bruin touchdowns ... Credited with two tackles for loss and made four tackles against the Cougars, while earning his first Pac-10 Player of the Week accolades ... Led team with eight tackles against Arizona St., including two sacks, and a third tackle for loss ... Returned a fumble for a touchdown and forced two fumbles during the contest ... Established a new career-best with nine tackles against USC, including 2.5 for loss ... Led the team with nine stops in the bowl win over Temple ... Scored his third touchdown of the season when he intercepted a pass at the two-yard line and ran it in to give the Bruins the lead with 6:01 remaining in the game ... Named co-defensive winner of UCLA's Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.

2008 - Appeared in 12 games with three starts at strongside linebacker (BYU, Oregon, Oregon St.) ... Named to rivals.com Pac-10 All-Freshman team ... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 from the league's coaches ... Was the defensive co-winner of UCLA's John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year ... Tied for 19th in the Pac-10 in sacks (0.3) ... Saw his first career action on special teams vs. Tennessee ... Was credited with one tackle and a punt block which was returned for a touchdown ... Started at BYU and made five tackles ... Made three stops vs. Arizona in nickel situations ... Made three tackles vs. Fresno St., including an 11-yard sack ... Three stops vs. WSU ... Started at Oregon and made six tackles, including a 12-yard sack ... Made four stops, one for loss, vs. Stanford ... Also had four stops vs. Oregon St. ... Made two tackles at Washington, both sacks, one of which caused a fumble ... One tackle at ASU ... Credited with six tackles against USC.

2007 - Did not see action in his first year with the program.

HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three seasons at Verbum Dei HS in Los Angeles for coach Kendrick Knox ... Played defensive end, linebacker and wide receiver ... PrepStar All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... Named four-star recruit as a DE by rivals.com and scout.com ... Rated No. 50 player in nation by scout.com ... Rated No. 1 DE and No. 9 player in California by scout.com ... Ranked No. 9 among outside linebackers by rivals.com ... Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team ...Named first-team All-State (Small Schools) by Cal-Hi Sports ... CIF-Southern Section Mid Valley Defensive Player of the Year ... Led Verbum Dei to CIF Mid-Valley title ... As an outside linebacker, he made 94 tackles, including 22 versus Temple City ... Made two quarterback sacks ... Totaled 21 receptions for 413 yards and nine touchdowns on offense ... Returned 20 kickoffs for 626 yards ... As a junior, made Cal-Hi Sports All-State (Small Schools) first team and All-CIF-SS Division XI first team ... Made 116 tackles, 23 sacks, 15 other tackles for loss, an interception and five fumble recoveries ... On offense, made 19 receptions for 441 yards and seven touchdowns ... As a sophomore, he was credited with 87 tackles, 18 sacks and two blocked punts ... On offense, he caught four passes for 132 yards.

PERSONAL - Full Name: Akeem Christopher Ayers ... Born: July 10, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA ... Parent: Latonya King ... Has one brother, Kevin, and one sister, Jonnoe ... Biggest thrill was winning CIF championship as a senior ... Hobbies include art and basketball ... Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2007 ... History major.

Statistics
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2008

40

28-12

4.0-38

5.0-43

0

2009

75

55-20

6.0-34

14.5-56

4-10 (2)

2010

68

45-23

4.0-13

10.0-36

2-90 (0)

Totals

183

128-55

14.0-85

29.5-135

6-100 (2)

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 9 vs. Temple, 2009; at USC, 2009
Sacks: 2 multiple times, last vs. WSU, 2009
Tackles for Loss: 3 vs. Arizona State, 2009; Kansas State, 2009


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