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David Veikune
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Veikune in 2010.
No. 94     
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-12-12) December 12, 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska
Career information
College: Hawaii
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cleveland Browns ( 2009)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-WAC (2007)
  • Second-team All-WAC (2008)
Total tackles     5
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     0
Stats at NFL.com
Tackles     2
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Interceptions     0
Stats at ArenaFan.com

David Fa'otusia Veikune (born December 12, 1985) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. Previously played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii.

He has also played for the Denver Broncos.

Early yearsEdit

Veikune played high school football at Campbell High School in 'Ewa Beach, Hawai'i.[1] As a senior, he posted 92 tackles, 26 tfl's and 16.5 sacks. He was named 1st team by the Star Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser.

College careerEdit

ColoradoEdit

He started his career at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was redshirted in 2004.

Fresno City CollegeEdit

He transferred to Fresno City College where he spent a year. He earned All-Northern California honorable mention.

HawaiiEdit

Later he transferred to the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he saw action as a special teamer and as backup in 2006. In 2007, Veikune was named a 1st team ALL-WAC Selection even though he never started a game. He led the WAC in sacks with seven (pre-bowl). In 2008, Veikune earned a 2nd team ALL-WAC Selection after he was the team’s third leading tackler with 73 and was among the WAC’s leaders with 16.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He played Defensive Tackle and Defensive End at Hawaii. He also had 11 quarterback hurries and forced four fumbles.

He was invited to play in the 2009 Senior Bowl[2] to play for the South Team.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2⅜ in 257 lb 4.75 s 1.59 s 2.76 s 4.46 s 7.20 s 33 in 9 ft 2 in 35 rep 28

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Veikune was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was taken one pick before Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy, although the Browns were already starting Jamal Lewis at tailback. The pick was acquired from the New York Jets in an earlier trade that allowed the Jets to draft quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Veikune appeared in 10 games on kick return as a rookie. He tore his mcl on the last practice of the year and was placed on season-ending injured reserve on January 2, 2010.[4]

Veikune was waived by the Browns on September 7, 2010.[5]

Denver BroncosEdit

On November 17, 2010, Veikune signed with the Denver Broncos and was a top special team player for the remaining 2010 season.[6] He was waived the following season on August 29, 2011.[7]

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

On November 3, 2011, it was announced that Veikune had signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[8][9]

On May 31, 2013, Veikune was released by the Riders before training camp started because he had a high ankle sprain that wouldn't heal until the end of the season.[10]

Los Angeles KissEdit

On October 1, 2013, Veikune was assigned to the expansion Los Angeles Kiss of the Arena Football League.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Archived copy". http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?id=5312&sport=NFL.
  2. Warrior Trio To Compete In College All-Star Games
  3. Nawrocki, Nolan (April 21, 2009). "The Way We Hear It — draft edition". Pro Football Weekly website. http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFLDraft/Draft+Extras/2009/wwhi042109.htm. Retrieved April 25, 2009.[dead link]
  4. "Archived copy". http://cle.scout.com/2/934379.html.
  5. "Browns release linebacker Veikune". The Morning Journal. September 8, 2010. http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20100907/browns-release-linebacker-veikune. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  6. "BRONCOS SIGN FREE-AGENT LB DAVID VEIKUNE; WAIVE LB JARVIS MOSS". denverbroncos.com. November 17, 2010. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20131215102912/http://media.denverbroncos.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=84. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  7. "Broncos Release 8th-Year Cornerback Nate Jones". CBS. August 29, 2011. http://denver.cbslocal.com/2011/08/29/broncos-release-8th-year-cornerback-nate-jones/. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  8. http://www.riderville.com/article/riders-sign-defensive-end Script error Riders Sign Defensive End
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151020195859/http://cfl.ca/page/transactions-november-2011. Retrieved December 20, 2014. Transactions - November 2011
  10. Chris Pokorny (June 1, 2013). "Former Browns LB David Veikune Released from CFL Team". dawgsbynature.com. http://www.dawgsbynature.com/2013/6/1/4387546/former-browns-lb-david-veikune-released-from-cfl-team. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  11. "KISS Bolster Squad with Additions of Veikune, Jarboe". arenafootball.com. October 8, 2013. http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/a-footbl/spec-rel/100813aab.html. Retrieved December 15, 2013.

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