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Tumbo Abanikanda
No. --     CFL Free Agent
Date of birth: (1986-12-25) December 25, 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
CFL status: Import
Position(s): LB
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
College: Southern Miss
High school: Marietta–Osborne
NFL Draft: 2009 / Undrafted
Organizations
 As player:
2009 Edmonton Eskimos*
*Offseason and/or practice roster member only
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Tokumbo "Tumbo" Abanikanda (pronounced: A-banna-conda)[1] (born December 25, 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a professional American and Canadian football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos as a street free agent in 2009. He played college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

Early yearsEdit

Abanikanda attended Marietta–Osborne High School in Georgia. Coming out of high school he was two star recruit.[2] According to Rivals.com, Abanikanda ran a 4.62 forty yard dash, benched 330 pounds, with 20 repetitions.[2] Abanikanda was headed to Illinois until a final push from Southern Miss changed his mind.[3]

College careerEdit

In 2008, as a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi, Abanikanda recorded 94 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, two sacks, a pass broken up and one interception.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Abanikanda was invited to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie camp, but was not signed.[5]

Edmonton EskimosEdit

Following his backup plan,[5] Abanikanda signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on May 26, 2009.[4] After the release of Derrick Doggett on June 10,[6] Abanikanda's main competition for the starting weakside linebacker spot[7] is fellow import rookie Mark Restelli also in his first year with Edmonton.[8] Abanikanda debuted for Edmonton on June 17 in a preseason game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and recorded three tackles while Restelli had one tackle and an interception.[9] Eskimos head coach Richie Hall has called Abanikanda and Restelli's battle the closest one in camp so far. Hall also stated that he hoped, "one player outperforms the other player" in Edmonton's next preseason game against the BC Lions on June 21."[9] During training camp, his head coach called him "T. A." because he couldn't pronounce his name.[6] Eventually, he was released on June 25, 2009, as a final cut with Restelli winning the job, however he could end up on the Eskimos' practice roster.[10] He was re-signed to the practice roster on June 29, 2009, only to be released again on July 12.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "#55 Tumbo Abanikanda". Edmonton Eskimos. esks.com. http://www.esks.com/roster/show?id=2625. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tumbo Abanikanda". Rivals.com. http://southernmiss.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?sport=1&pr_key=27073. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  3. Cooper, Mark (November 23, 2004). "Georgia ATH Commits to Southern Miss". Rivals.com. http://southernmiss.rivals.com/barrier_noentry.asp?ReturnTo=&sid=&script=content.asp&cid=358305&fid=&tid=&mid=&rid=. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Eskimos sign trio". TSN.ca. May 26, 2009. http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=280023. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Munz, Jason (June 23, 2009). "Former Eagles given a shot in CFL". Hattiesburg American. http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/article/20090623/SOUTHERNMISS/906230307. Retrieved 2009-06-24.[dead link]
  6. 6.0 6.1 Moddejonge, Gerry (June 11, 2009). "Doggett gone". The Edmonton Sun. http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/football/2009/06/11/9760941-sun.html. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  7. Annicchiarico, Mario (June 18, 2009). "Rookie QBs may be keepers". The Edmonton Journal. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Sports/Rookie+keepers/1706885/story.html. Retrieved 2009-06-24.[dead link]
  8. Annicchiarico, Mario (June 17, 2009). "'Tired of beating up on each other'". The Edmonton Journal. http://www.google.com/search?q=Tumbo+Abanikanda&hl=en&start=10&sa=N. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Moddejonge, Gerry (June 21, 2009). "Strong battle on weak side". Edmonton Sun. http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/football/2009/06/21/9876901-sun.html. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  10. MacKinnon, John (June 26, 2009). "Eskimos' front office has depth". Edmonton Journal. http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Eskimos+front+office+depth/1735536/story.html. Retrieved 2009-06-27.[dead link]
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