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Akin Akinniyi
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 11, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: 3L... Expected to contend for time at middle linebacker as fifth-year senior... Special teams regular for several years... Saw action

in nine games, with a start against Stanford in 2005... Finished the year with 17 tackles, 1.5 for losses and two passes defensed... Career-high seven tackles against Purdue, all solo, with four at USC and five vs. Stanford... Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic in 2005...  Competed in all 11 games for the Wildcats during the 2004 season ... Totaled five tackles, including two solo ... Played in eight games for the Wildcats during the 2003 season ... Saw special teams duty on the kickoff return team ... Listed at linebacker but also worked with the first-team offensive unit as a backup fullback for the last half of the season ... Redshirted in 2002.


High School: Creekview, Texas, High School, 2002 ...  Considered one of the top linebackers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex (Carrollton is 10 miles northwest of the Dallas city center) ... Was a Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report All-Southwest selection, listed as the 102nd overall prospect in the region ... Hard-hitting reputation and caused seven fumbles in 2001 ... Finished with 82 tackles, six for a loss, including three sacks, three quarterback hurries and one pass deflection ... Had big game vs. Louisville HS with 18 tackles, two for loss and one forced fumble ... ranked him as No. 39 on its Top 100 outside linebacker list, with three-star rating ... ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten schools also recruited him ... Dallas Morning News No. 68 prospect ... PrepStar all-region player with reported 4.56 speed ... Unanimous all-district choice ... Had 18 tackles, including four for a loss, against arch-rival Lewisville High in 2002.


Personal: Academic major is communication ... 2002 Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Date of birth: Feb. 29, 1984.


Akinniyi’s Career Totals

Year        G-GS       UT            AT           TT            Other      

2003        8-0           -               -               -               KOR team

2004        11-0         2              3              5

2005        9-1           15            2              17            1.5 TFL, 2 PD

Tot           27            2              3              5              1.5 TFL, 2 PD


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