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Akeem Ayers
OLB #56
Height:
6-3
Weight:
255
College:
UCLA
Experience:
4

Biography

 

PRO: The Titans used their second-round selection in 2011 on versatile former UCLA standout Akeem Ayers.  A smooth, agile defender, he lined up mostly as a strongside linebacker in his first three seasons, but he also  grew increasingly into an end rusher on passing downs.  Ayers became the first Titans rookie to start all 16 games since 2002, and led all Titans linebackers with 88 tackles, the second-highest total for a Titans rookie since 1999.  He built on that effort in 2012, when he led the defense with 110 tackles and ranked second on the squad with six sacks.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2013, Ayers saw action in all 16 games for the third straight season and  posted 56 tackles, a sack and an interception.
•    In his second NFL season, Ayers led the team with 110 tackles and tied for second on the squad with six sacks.  
•    Ayers had a strong rookie season in 2011, starting all 16 games and leading all Titans linebackers with 88 tackles, to go along with two sacks, seven quarterback pressures and three tackles for loss.
•    Ayers has a knack for finding the end zone on defense.  He scored three touchdowns during his UCLA career, including two interception returns and a fumble return for a score.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Ayers is a skilled free-hand artist.  His favorite things to sketch are super heroes.
•    After attending the first round of the draft in New York on Friday night, Ayers had to fly back to Los Angeles on Saturday for a previously scheduled event.  He was at LAX airport when the second round started and got the call from the Titans on his car ride home with his brother and sister.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Los Angeles, Calif., native was selected by the Titans in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    In three seasons, Ayers played in 37 games at UCLA with 28 starts at strongside outside linebacker, recording 183 tackles with 14.0 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss.  He also caused seven fumbles, recovered four fumbles and tallied six interceptions for 100 yards with two touchdowns.  Ayers earned All-America honors in his final two seasons and was one of five finalists for the 2010 Butkus Award.
•    As a junior (2010), earned second-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and was one of five Butkus Award finalists, finishing third in voting.  Selected as a team captain and started all 12 games.  Finished fourth on the team with 68 tackles, tied for first with four sacks, second with 10.0 tackles for loss and tied for second with two interceptions.  Named third-team Associated Press All-American, second-team Phil Steele All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection.
•    As a sophomore (2009), started all 13 games at strongside linebacker and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10.  Tied a UCLA season record with two touchdowns on interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns in all (one fumble return).  Led the team with four forced fumbles and finished second on the team with six sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.  In his final four games of the season, Ayers made 30 tackles, including four sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions (returned one for a touchdown) and returned a fumble for a touchdown.  Named co-defensive winner of UCLA’s Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.
•    As a freshman (2008), appeared in 12 games with three starts at strongside linebacker and was named to Rivals.com Pac-10 All-Freshman team.  Posted 40 tackles, four sacks, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.  Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 from the league’s coaches.  Was the defensive co-winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year.
•    As a red-shirt frehman (2007), did not see action in his first year with the program.
•    Was a History major at UCLA and was Director’s Honor Roll in Fall 2007.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single and splits time between Nashville and Los Angeles, Calif.  Has twin daughters Peyton and Cassidy.
•     Lettered three seasons at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles, playing defensive end, linebacker and wide receiver.  
•     Named PrepStar All-American, SuperPrep All-American and a four-star recruit as a defensive end by Rivals.com and Scout.com.  Rated No. 50 player in nation by scout.com.  Rated No. 1 defensive end and No. 9 player in California by Scout.com.  Ranked No. 9 among outside linebackers by Rivals.com.
•     Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team.  Named first-team All-State (Small Schools) by Cal-Hi Sports and CIF-Southern Section Mid Valley Defensive Player of the Year.  Led Verbum Dei to CIF Mid-Valley title.
•     As a senior outside linebacker, he made 94 tackles, including 22 versus Temple City and collected two quarterback sacks.  Totaled 21 receptions for 413 yards and nine touchdowns on offense.  Returned 20 kickoffs for 626 yards.
•     As a junior, made Cal-Hi Sports All-State (Small Schools) first team and All-CIF-SS Division XI first team.  Made 116 tackles, 23 sacks, 15 other tackles for loss, an interception and five fumble recoveries.  On offense, made 19 receptions for 441 yards and seven touchdowns.
•     As a sophomore, he was credited with 87 tackles, 18 sacks and two blocked punts.  On offense, he caught four passes for 132 yards.
•     Has one brother, Kevin, and one sister, Jonnae.
•     Hobbies include art and basketball.
•    Follow Ayers on Twitter at @Akeem_Ayers and on Instagram @themanstill.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Remember the Titans”; (TV show) “Family Guy”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (video game) Call of Duty; (music artist) Lil Wayne; (school subjects) History; (car) 1969 Camaro; (food) Italian; (sports hero) Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice; and (sports teams as a child) San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia 76ers (when Allen Iverson was there).
•     Born Akeem Christopher Ayers on July 10, 1989 in Los Angeles, Calif.

 

PRO: The Titans used their second-round selection in 2011 on versatile former UCLA standout Akeem Ayers.  A smooth, agile defender, he lined up mostly as a strongside linebacker in his first three seasons, but he also  grew increasingly into an end rusher on passing downs.  Ayers became the first Titans rookie to start all 16 games since 2002, and led all Titans linebackers with 88 tackles, the second-highest total for a Titans rookie since 1999.  He built on that effort in 2012, when he led the defense with 110 tackles and ranked second on the squad with six sacks.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2013, Ayers saw action in all 16 games for the third straight season and  posted 56 tackles, a sack and an interception.
•    In his second NFL season, Ayers led the team with 110 tackles and tied for second on the squad with six sacks.  
•    Ayers had a strong rookie season in 2011, starting all 16 games and leading all Titans linebackers with 88 tackles, to go along with two sacks, seven quarterback pressures and three tackles for loss.
•    Ayers has a knack for finding the end zone on defense.  He scored three touchdowns during his UCLA career, including two interception returns and a fumble return for a score.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Ayers is a skilled free-hand artist.  His favorite things to sketch are super heroes.
•    After attending the first round of the draft in New York on Friday night, Ayers had to fly back to Los Angeles on Saturday for a previously scheduled event.  He was at LAX airport when the second round started and got the call from the Titans on his car ride home with his brother and sister.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Los Angeles, Calif., native was selected by the Titans in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.  

COLLEGE:
•    In three seasons, Ayers played in 37 games at UCLA with 28 starts at strongside outside linebacker, recording 183 tackles with 14.0 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss.  He also caused seven fumbles, recovered four fumbles and tallied six interceptions for 100 yards with two touchdowns.  Ayers earned All-America honors in his final two seasons and was one of five finalists for the 2010 Butkus Award.
•    As a junior (2010), earned second-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and was one of five Butkus Award finalists, finishing third in voting.  Selected as a team captain and started all 12 games.  Finished fourth on the team with 68 tackles, tied for first with four sacks, second with 10.0 tackles for loss and tied for second with two interceptions.  Named third-team Associated Press All-American, second-team Phil Steele All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection.
•    As a sophomore (2009), started all 13 games at strongside linebacker and earned honorable mention All-Pac-10.  Tied a UCLA season record with two touchdowns on interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns in all (one fumble return).  Led the team with four forced fumbles and finished second on the team with six sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.  In his final four games of the season, Ayers made 30 tackles, including four sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions (returned one for a touchdown) and returned a fumble for a touchdown.  Named co-defensive winner of UCLA’s Captain Don Brown Memorial Award for Most Improved Player.
•    As a freshman (2008), appeared in 12 games with three starts at strongside linebacker and was named to Rivals.com Pac-10 All-Freshman team.  Posted 40 tackles, four sacks, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.  Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 from the league’s coaches.  Was the defensive co-winner of UCLA’s John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award for Rookie of the Year.
•    As a red-shirt frehman (2007), did not see action in his first year with the program.
•    Was a History major at UCLA and was Director’s Honor Roll in Fall 2007.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single and splits time between Nashville and Los Angeles, Calif.  Has twin daughters Peyton and Cassidy.
•     Lettered three seasons at Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles, playing defensive end, linebacker and wide receiver.  
•     Named PrepStar All-American, SuperPrep All-American and a four-star recruit as a defensive end by Rivals.com and Scout.com.  Rated No. 50 player in nation by scout.com.  Rated No. 1 defensive end and No. 9 player in California by Scout.com.  Ranked No. 9 among outside linebackers by Rivals.com.
•     Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team.  Named first-team All-State (Small Schools) by Cal-Hi Sports and CIF-Southern Section Mid Valley Defensive Player of the Year.  Led Verbum Dei to CIF Mid-Valley title.
•     As a senior outside linebacker, he made 94 tackles, including 22 versus Temple City and collected two quarterback sacks.  Totaled 21 receptions for 413 yards and nine touchdowns on offense.  Returned 20 kickoffs for 626 yards.
•     As a junior, made Cal-Hi Sports All-State (Small Schools) first team and All-CIF-SS Division XI first team.  Made 116 tackles, 23 sacks, 15 other tackles for loss, an interception and five fumble recoveries.  On offense, made 19 receptions for 441 yards and seven touchdowns.
•     As a sophomore, he was credited with 87 tackles, 18 sacks and two blocked punts.  On offense, he caught four passes for 132 yards.
•     Has one brother, Kevin, and one sister, Jonnae.
•     Hobbies include art and basketball.
•    Follow Ayers on Twitter at @Akeem_Ayers and on Instagram @themanstill.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Remember the Titans”; (TV show) “Family Guy”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (video game) Call of Duty; (music artist) Lil Wayne; (school subjects) History; (car) 1969 Camaro; (food) Italian; (sports hero) Michael Jordan and Jerry Rice; and (sports teams as a child) San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia 76ers (when Allen Iverson was there).
•     Born Akeem Christopher Ayers on July 10, 1989 in Los Angeles, Calif.
 
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 57 249 167 82 12 0 15 3 0 7 -- 5
2014 NE 7 17 13 4 3 -- 1 1 0 0 -- 0
2014 TEN 2 3 1 2 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2013 TEN 16 49 37 12 1 -- 5 1 0 5 5 5
2012 TEN 16 104 66 38 6 -- 8 1 0 2 2 2
2011 TEN 16 76 50 26 2 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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