- Defensive End
- 6' 3
- 260 lbs.
- High School/Other
- Centreville, Va.
Updated: August 24, 2016
2014 Third-Team All-ACC (ACSMA)
2015-16: Started all 13 games at defensive end … Totaled 740 plays, including 694 as linebacker and 46 on special teams during the regular season … Tallied 39 tackles with 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks … Also forced two fumbles with six quarterback hurries, three breakups and three passes defended … Had a hurry vs. Ohio State … Posted four tackles with one pass breakup and pass defended each vs. Furman … Tallied three tackles at Purdue … Forced one fumble and made two tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss at East Carolina … Had a quarterback hurry vs. Pittsburgh … Posted a career-high nine tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks while also tallying 1.5 sacks, one pass breakup, one pass defended and one quarterback hurry vs. NC State … Made three tackles at Miami … Posted three tackles with two quarterback hurries vs. Duke … Notched five tackles with 1.0 sack, 2.0 tackles for loss at Georgia Tech … Logged three tackles with 1.0 tackle for loss and one pass breakup, one pass defended and one hurry vs. North Carolina … Forced a fumble with three tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss at Virginia ... Had two tackles including 1.0 tackles for loss and a sack in the Independence Bowl vs. Tulsa.
2014-15: A third-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA … A second-team all-state selection by The Roanoke Times … Started all 13 games … Logged 846 plays, 722 at end and 124 on special teams … Finished the season with 53 tackles, including 14.5 for loss and a team-high 9.5 sacks … Made the first start of his career against William & Mary, assisting on three tackles, including one for loss … Had three tackles and a hurry in the win at Ohio State … Made six tackles, including 3.5 for loss, and added two hurries against East Carolina … Made a tackle against both Georgia Tech and Western Michigan … Had six tackles, including three sacks for a loss of 20 yards, also forcing a fumble at North Carolina … Was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after his performance at North Carolina … Made three tackles at Pitt … Had four tackles and a hurry against Miami … Made five tackles against Boston College… Had four tackles at Duke … Made seven tackles, 2.5 for a loss of 13 yards, also adding three QB hurries, at Wake Forest … Had three tackles, two sacks for a 20-yard loss and two hurries in the win at Virginia … Recorded seven tackles and a sack against Cincinnati in the Military Bowl … Had off season shoulder injury and missed spring practice.
2013-14: Played in 11 games … Was in on 76 plays, 69 on special teams and seven more on defense, making three tackles on the year … Saw action on special teams in the season opener against Alabama … Appeared on defense and special teams, helping on a pair of tackles against Western Carolina … Was in on special teams at Georgia Tech and against North Carolina … Made a tackle while in on special teams against Pittsburgh … Saw action on defense and special teams against Duke … Was in on special teams at Boston College and Miami … Saw action on special teams against Maryland, at Virginia and in the Sun Bowl.
2012-13: Worked at defensive end while taking a redshirt year … Recorded a 320-pound bench press, a 350-pound front squat and a 270-pound push jerk in fall scout team testing … Registered three tackles for loss, including a sack, during the first spring scrimmage … Added a sack in the final scrimmage and added three tackles during the spring game.
High School: A SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American for Coach Chris Haddock at Centreville High … A National Underclassmen Combine East Regional Second-Team All-America selection … Named the Group AAA Defensive Player of the Year by VirginiaPreps … Also a first-team Group AAA all-state selection at defensive line by VirginiaPreps … The Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection at the Group AAA level by the Virginia High School Coaches Association … The Northern Region Player of the Year … A two-time All-Met selection by The Washington Post … Made the first team his senior year as a defensive lineman … Led Centreville to the Virginia Group AAA Division 6 title game … Racked up 72 tackles his senior year, including 18 sacks, to go along with 32 quarterback pressures … Also caught eight touchdown passes … Had a 4.5-sack performance in the state semifinals against Hermitage … Tore his ACL and meniscus in the state title game and underwent surgery in late December, 2011 … A member of the National Underclassmen Combine preseason East Regional Second-Team All-American Team … Ranked as the No. 197 player in the country overall, the No. 13 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 7 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 209 overall prospect in the country, the No. 15 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 8 prospect in Virginia by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 18 outside linebacker in the country by PrepStar … Rated the No. 4 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times … Ranked as the No. 2 player in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep … Listed as the No. 23 defensive end in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 17 outside linebacker in the country, the No. 27 player in his region and the No. 5 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation … Ranked as the No. 196 overall prospect in the country and the No. 19 defensive end in the country by Tom Lemming on MaxPreps … Listed as the No. 202 player in the country and the No. 25 defensive end in the country by Scout.
Personal: Kenneth Ime Ekanem … Born April 8, 1994 in Centreville, Va. … Son of Ime and Mary Ekanem … Has an older brother and an older sister … Degree in management with a concentration in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology management...Currently pursuing a second undergrad degree.