2009 - Saw action in eight games with two starts ... Suffered a sprained knee ligament on August 15 and returned to the practice field during Kansas State week (game three) ... Played the entire second half versus Cal at right guard ... Started and played the entire contest at Arizona at right guard ... Started at right guard in the bowl win over Temple ... Played on special teams versus Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State and USC.
2008 - UCLA's only offensive lineman to start all 12 games ... Selected to the honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic team ... Started his first career game (right tackle) against Tennessee in the season-opener ... Played every snap of the contests against BYU, Arizona, Fresno State, WSU and Oregon ... Started at right guard against Stanford, but moved to tackle in the third quarter ... Started at right guard at Cal, Oregon State, Arizona State. Washington and USC.
2007 - Did not see action during the season and retained the year of eligibility.
2006 - In his first season at UCLA, he saw limited action at guard in five games (Utah, Stanford, Arizona, California and Florida State). JUNIOR COLLEGE - Played one season of football at LA Harbor College for coaches Andrew Alvillar and Mike Alexander ... Named first-team All-Western States Conference as an offensive tackle ... Named Player of the Week for his performance in the game against LA Southwest College ... Honored as team Offensive Lineman of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL - Earned three letters in football as an offensive tackle / defensive end for coach Josh Waybright at South HS in Torrance, CA ... His senior year, he recorded 56 tackles, including four sacks ... Had two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... Honored as a second-team All-CIF selection as a defensive lineman ... Named first-team All-Los Angeles Region as an offensive lineman ... Named first-team as an offensive lineman by the South Bay Daily Breeze ... Selected first-team All-Bay League as both an offensive and defensive lineman ... Named team MVP ... Also earned two letters in wrestling (275 pounds).
PERSONAL - Full Name: Amir Nick Ekbatani ... Born: June 24, 1987 in Torrance, CA ... Parents: Andy and Tracy Ekbatani ... Has one sister, Kaylah ... He is half Iranian and can speak Farsi ... Lists his biggest athletic thrill to date as being named Offensive Player of the Game in the 2008 win over Tennessee ... Former Bruin standout Robert Chai is the athlete he admires and patterns his style of play after ... Hobbies include weightlifting and playing the guitar ... Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2006, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007 and Spring 2008 ... His cousin, Jake Piasecki, is a professional skateboarder ... Political Science major.
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