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Akeem Ayers

Akeem Ayers
No. 55     New England Patriots
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-10) July 10, 1989
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Verbum Dei
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Debuted in 2011 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014
Tackles 248
Quarterback sacks 12.0
Interceptions 3
Forced fumbles 3
Stats at NFL.com

Akeem Christopher Ayers (born July 10, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at UCLA. In 2014, the New England Patriots traded for Ayers.

High school career

Ayers attended Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles, where he played for the Verbum Dei Eagles high school football team. He won a CIF championship during his career.

College career

Akeem Ayers played for UCLA in college. Ayers is known for his athletic interceptions for touchdowns, one in the 2009 season against Oregon and one against Temple in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl. The latter was the game-winning score of the bowl game and helped him earn him MVP honors.[1] In a post-game interview, he admitted that he slipped, and was just trying to rush the passer on his game-changing play. As he got up, he saw the quarterback looking to pass, jumped up, and pulled in the pass for an interception and score.

On September 18, 2010, Ayers had a key interception against #23 Houston in UCLA's first win against a ranked opponent since 2008.[2] The following week on September 25, he played a key role in the Bruins' second upset against a ranked opponent in a victory over No. 7 ranked Texas Longhorns 34–12 in front of more 101,000 fans in Austin, Texas. Ayers had a key interception, seven tackles, a forced fumble and a sack. He was named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week on September 27. At the end of the 2010 season, his junior year, he declared for the NFL draft.[3]

Statistics
Year Total Tackles Solo Tackles Sacks Tackles for Loss Interceptions DefTD
2008 40 28 4.0 5.0 0 0
2009 75 55 6 14.5 4 3*
2010 68 45 4 10 2 0
TOTALS 183 128 14 29.5 6 3

*Had two interceptions for touchdown and one fumble recovery for touchdown

Professional career

Tennessee Titans

Ayers was selected 39th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2011 NFL Draft.

New England Patriots

On October 21, 2014, the Titans traded Ayers along with a seventh round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots for a sixth round draft choice.[4]

In each of his first two games with New England, Ayers recorded a sack.

References

  1. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/ucla-bruins-temple-owls-200912290015/
  2. ^ "UCLA-Houston Game Notes". 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/akeem-ayers?id=2495491
  4. ^ Patra, Kevin (October 21, 2014). "Titans trade linebacker Akeem Ayers to Patriots". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NFL.com • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
  • Tennessee Titans bio
  • UCLA Bruins bio
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