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Akiem Hicks
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Hicks in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 76     New Orleans Saints
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-11-16) November 16, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: San Jose, California
High School: Fair Oaks (CA) Del Campo
Career information
University: Regina
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 89
Debuted in 2012 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
*New Orleans Saints ( 2012–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     20
Quarterback sacks     0
Forced fumbles     1

Akiem Jamar Hicks (born November 16, 1989) is an American football nose tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He played college football at Sacramento City College and at the University of Regina. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 89th overall, by the New Orleans Saints.[1]

Early life and collegeEdit

A native of the Sacramento metropolitan area in the US state of California, Hicks was born in Elk Grove, attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, and began his college career at Sacramento City College. After the 2008 season, he was rated as a top junior college player and signed to play at LSU. However, recruiting violations by LSU made him ineligible for the 2009 season; unable to transfer to another American football program, he went to work at a DirecTV call center in Colorado Springs, Colorado while he considered his next move. Hicks had an offer to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, but decided instead to continue his education and college football career with the Regina Rams of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. After his first season at Regina, he was drafted by the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, but again decided to stay in college. In his second year at Regina, he made 42 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks and was named the CWUAA's top lineman. A strong performance in the East-West Shrine Game increased his profile with NFL scouts.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

The Saints drafted Hicks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft; it was the Saints' first pick of the draft. He became the ninth Canadian Interuniversity Sport player to be selected in the NFL draft, and the second-highest NFL draft pick in CIS history (behind only Mike Schad, a first round pick in 1986).[4]

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