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#12 Akarika Dawn
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 230
Year: Junior
City/State: Sugarland, Texas
High School: Kempner
Experience: 2 Letters

 

2005 (Sr.)—He played in all 13 games, including the Champs Sports Bowl, with two starts, against New Mexico State and in the Big 12 title game against Texas in his hometown of Houston.  He finished seventh on the team with 60 tackles (44 solo, five for losses with two sacks), along with 13 third down stops, second best on the team, in playing just 391 snaps from scrimmage, the most by any non-starter on the squad.  He also had three pass deflections, a forced fumble and a recovery (against Kansas State) and an interception, which he made in the opener against Colorado State.  He matched his career high with 10 tackles in the win over Missouri, when he also had three third down stops.  Other top games included making nine tackles with a sack against Nebraska, and seven tackles games against NMSU and Oklahoma State.  In the bowl game against Clemson, he had three tackles, with one for a loss.  He was the runner-up on the team with 14 special team points, on the strength of six tackles (three inside-the-20), three knockdown blocks and two downed punts.  He finished his career 73rd all-time in tackles at Colorado with 180 (120 solo), as well as third all-time in third down stops (34) and second in games played with 49 (regular season, the most by a defensive player).  He was the runner-up in the team’s strength and conditioning competition for the “Explosion” group (TE, LB, FB, DS), as he owned a team-best 4.01 in the pro shuttle and a group best of 330 pounds in the power clean. 

 

2004 (Jr.)—He saw action in all 13 games, including the Houston Bowl, with five regular season starts, as he proved versatile in playing both the “will” and “mike” inside linebacker positions.  He had the most tackles on the team of any player starting half or less of the games, finishing fifth overall with 71 (44 solo, four for losses).  He was the team leader in third down stops with 13, as he also had four passes broken up, four quarterback pressures, four quarterback chasedowns (or near sacks) and one-and-a-half sacks.  He racked up a career-high 10 tackles (8 solo) in the loss to Texas, and also had nine with two solo stops in the loss at Missouri.  In CU’s overtime setback at Texas A&M, he recorded eight stops, five unassisted, including three third down stops.  He won CU’s defensive lineman of the week for the Colorado State game, when he posted eight tackles (six solo), including one for a loss and a pass deflection.  Overall, he posted at least five tackles in nine games, with six against Iowa State when he recorded his 1½ sacks as well as two third down stops.  He also added a solo tackle and a downed punt on special teams play.  In the bowl win over UTEP, he racked up five tackles, including four solo, three for losses and a quarterback sack; the 8-yard sack came on the first play of the Miners’ final possession and helped seal CU’s victory.  This was the first season that he stopped shuffling between the secondary (safety) and linebacker, as was able to settle in at the position during the spring (he had 23 tackles in the three main spring scrimmages, including a team-high 12 in the spring game).

 

2003 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games, including five starts: two each at the mike and will linebacker spots and one at strong safety.  In 448 snaps from scrimmage, he logged 48 tackles (33 solo, four for losses including a quarterback sack), along with seven third down stops, two forced fumbles, two pass deflections and an interception (which he made at Iowa State).  He had nine tackles (seven solo) in the win over No. 22 Missouri, and posted six each against Baylor and Kansas State.  He also was a special teams regular, and scored six special team points on the season with three solo tackles, a forced fumble, a knockdown block and a blocked PAT kick (against Texas Tech).  He had entered the fall listed first at strong safety, but moved to inside linebacker early in drills where he eventually opened the season.  He still saw some occasional spot duty at safety at various times during the season.

 

2002 (Fr.)—He saw action in all 14 games (no starts), mainly on special teams but did get in 18 snaps on defense at strong safety.  He finished fourth on the team in special team points with 10, on the strength of six tackles, one inside-the-20, two knockdown blocks and a fumble recovery.  The latter came against San Diego State, when he scooped the ball up after SDSU’s return man lost the ball at his 8-yard line; he took it in for his first collegiate score.  On defense, in his limited action he had one tackle (a third down stop at that) and a pass deflection during the regular season, but against Wisconsin in the bowl game, he had two tackles, including a sack, both on third down plays to prevent first downs.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he garnered PrepStar all-Midlands and SuperPrep all-Southwest honors, with Rivals.com ranking him as the No. 42 outside linebacker nationally.  He also made the prestigious Texas 100 list and earned first-team All-Greater Houston (Houston Chronicle) and all-district (20-5A) honors; he was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Texas Sportswriters Association.  As a junior, he earned second-team all-district honors at linebacker, and was Kempner’s defensive MVP.  As a senior, he was in on 98 tackles (64 solo), with 11 passes broken up, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal, seeing action at linebacker as well as both safety positions.  On offense, he played some tight end as well as receiver and caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown.  As a junior, he had 92 tackles (62 solo), with five quarterback sacks, two passes broken up, two fumble recoveries and an amazing six blocked kicks.  He added four receptions for 60 yards on offense playing tight end.  He had 60 tackles (35 solo) and a sack as a sophomore, as he played linebacker exclusively as a soph and junior.  Top games as a senior included a 28-21 win over Hightower, when he had 20 tackles (15 solo) and two PBU’s, and a 35-7 win over Lamar Consolidated, when he had 17 solo tackles and an interception he returned for a touchdown.  As a junior, in a 30-23 loss to Willowridge, he had 13 tackles, two receptions, two passes broken up and a pair of blocked punts.  Kempner was 10-1 his senior year, claiming the 20-5A district title before losing in the regional playoffs, and was 5-5 his junior year and 2-8 his sophomore season under coach Tom Henderson.  He also lettered twice in track (hurdles, high jump; he was a regional qualifier in the latter) and once in soccer (goalie).

 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in both Black Studies and Ethnic Studies at Colorado.  He earned academic all-district honors as a high school senior.

 

PERSONAL—He was born Jan. 10, 1984 in Houston, Texas.  His hobbies include reading, movie making (8 mm) and participating in sports.  He also plays four musical instruments, speaks fluent Spanish (his fiancé is from Colombia), and likes to vacation in Canada. (First name is pronounced ock-ah-reek-ah.)

 


Season


G


Plays

Tackles
UT AT--TOT


TFL


Sacks


3DS


Hurr


FR


FF


PBU


Int

2002

2

18

1    0--    1

0- 0

0- 0

1

0

0

0

1

0

2003

12

448

33  15--  48

4-32

1-12

7

2

0

2

2

1

2004

12

524

44  27--  71

3-17

1.5-14

13

4

0

0

4

0

2005

12

391

44  16 -- 60

3- 7

2- 12

13

0

1

1

3

1

Totals

38

1381

122  58 -- 180

10- 56

4.5- 38

34

6

1

3

10

2


ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Return Yards: 1-0, 0.0 avg. (2003); 1-5, 5.0 avg. (2005). Fumble Returns: 1-8, 8.0 avg., 1 td (2002).  Special Team Tackles: 4,2—6 (2002); 3,0—3 (2003); 1,0—1 (2004);  6,0—6 (2005).

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