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Jonathan Ekpe
Jonathan Ekpe

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cape Vincent, N.Y.

High School:
Thousand Island HS

Last College:
Dean College

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 210

Position:
LB

Experience:
1L

2010: Played in all 11 games as a junior, finishing second on the team in total tackles with 75 ... His 8.5 tackles for loss ranked third on the team ... Added three pass breakups and three quarterback hurries ... Had season-high 10 tackles, including two for loss, against Sam Houston State (10/2) ... Matched his season-high a week later with 10 tackles, including two and a half for loss, in LU's 14-0 win over Langston (10/0) ... Also forced a fumble against Langston which was recovered by teammate Jordan Garrett ... Recorded a season-high nine solo tackles in Lamar's 29-28 win at Southeastern Louisiana (9/18) ... Finished with nine tackles, including one for loss, at Georgia State (11/6).

Junior College: Two-year letterwinner for coach Todd Vasey at Dean College in Franklin, Mass ... Helped lead Bulldogs to 10-1 overall record and 5-0 mark in the Northeast Football Conference (Region XXI) in 2008 and played in the Graphic Edge Bowl ... Served as team captain during sophomore season ... Appeared in all 11 games and finished with 59 tackles ... Had 36 unassisted tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and four pass breakups ... Also forced two fumbles and recovered two ... Earned second-team all-conference recognition ... Named NFC Co-Defensive Player of the Week following the regular-season finale in which he had six tackles (four solos) and picked off two passes ... Also carried the ball 10 times for 18 yards and three touchdowns and had two receptions for 84 yards, including a 76-yarder for a TD ... Played on 9-1 Dean College team in 2007 that won the NFC title with a 4-1 record ... Also recruited by Rutgers, Syracuse, Buffalo and Coastal Carolina.

High School: Three-year starter at running back for coach Joe Gilfus at Thousand Island High School in Cape Vincent, N.Y. ... Missed junior season with injury ... Named first-team all-state at running back and safety as a senior ... Twice named all-region, all-area and all-district ... Ran for 1,832 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior ... Set school records with 384 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a single game.

Personal: Johnathan Chima David Ekpe was born on May 1, 1989, in Cape Vincent, New York ... Son of Dan and Linda Ekpe ... Majoring in communications.

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