Updated: September 2, 2014
2014-15: Made the first start of his career against William & Mary, assisting on three tackles, including one for loss.
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 4/8/94 in Centreville, VA … Son of Ime and Mary Ekanem … Has an older brother and an older sister … Majoring in management with a concentration in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology management.