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50   Kole Ayi
Kole Ayi

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Nashua, N.H.

High School:
Nashua H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 231

Position:
LB


01/15/2014

Quotes On UMass Football Head Coach Mark Whipple

NFL& UMass dignitaries, former players and current Minutemen talk about Mark Whipple as a coach

Buck Buchanan Award Candidate
All-American
Tri-Captain

Returning All-American who will be one of the top candidates for the Buck Buchanan Award ? Will be in his third season as a starting linebacker ? Big-time hitter with good quickness ? Preseason first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection ? Ranks third all-time at UMass in solo tackles (254) and fifth in total tackles (355) ? Has played in 39 career games, making 28 starts ? Also a member of the UMass track team.

1999: Finished second in the voting for the 1999 Buck Buchanan Award, presented annually to the nation?s top Division I-AA defensive player ? Named the National Linebacker of the Year by Don Hansen?s National Weekly Football Gazette ? Selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team ? Earned first team All-America honors from The Sports Network, Don Hansen?s National Weekly Football Gazette and Teamlink.com, while being a third team All-America selection by the Associated Press ? A first team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection ? Named to the New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star team ? Selected to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference first team ? Started every game of the season at middle linebacker ? Led the team with 147 tackles on the year, including 109 solo stops ? Also had 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and two interceptions ? Placed third on the school single-season list for solo tackles, and sixth for total tackles ? Ranked third in the Atlantic 10 Conference in total tackles, fifth in tackles for loss and ninth in sacks ? Led the team in tackles eight times on the season, while reaching double figures in tackles nine times ? Had seven solo tackles at Georgia Southern in the NCAA quarterfinals, before leaving the game in the third quarter due to a sprained ankle ? Recorded 10 tackles at Furman in the NCAA first round ? Had six tackles with a sack and a forced fumble at William & Mary ? Recorded 16 tackles in the win at Richmond, with two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, a sack and a pass breakup ? Totaled 17 tackles in the victory over Rhode Island, including a pair of sacks for 21 yards and four tackles for loss ? Named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week and WHMP / UMass Athlete of the Week following the Rhode Island game, while also being selected to the ECAC / Budget Division I-AA Honor Roll ? Led the team with 11 tackles (all solo) at Delaware, while also intercepting a pass and returning it 36 yards to set up the go-ahead field goal for the Minutemen ? Named to the ECAC / Budget Division I-AA Honor Roll following the Delaware game ? Recorded a team-best 13 tackles in the victory at Maine ? Had a team-high 14 tackles against Hofstra, including two for loss and a sack for 15 yards ? Led the team with 15 tackles at Toledo ? Had a team-high 15 tackles, 13 of them solo, and an interception at Villanova ? Made 17 tackles, 14 of them unassisted, against New Hampshire in the season opener ? Preseason first team All-America selection by The Sports Network ? A preseason second team All-America selection by Teamlink.com ? Earned preseason third team All-America honors from Don Hansen?s National Weekly Football Gazette ? Also named to the preseason All-Atlantic 10 first team by A-10 coaches and The Sporting News ? Selected A-10 preseason Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News ? Named to the Athletic Director?s Honor Roll in the fall of 1999.

1998: Started all 15 games on the season at outside linebacker ? A second team All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection ? Led the team in tackles with 165, including 116 solo stops ? Had 15 tackles for loss and two sacks for 17 yards ? Also had an interception and eight pass breakups ? Forced five fumbles and recovered five fumbles ? Ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in tackles during the regular season ? His 116 solo tackles on the year set a new school single-season record, while his 165 total tackles rank second on the school single-season list ? Had a team-best 16 tackles against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game, while forcing two fumbles and recovering three ? Returned one of his fumble recoveries against Georgia Southern nine yards for a touchdown, giving UMass a 14-0 lead in the first quarter ? Led the team with 12 tackles in NCAA quarterfinal victory over Lehigh, with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble ? Made nine tackles in NCAA first round game at McNeese State, while breaking up a pass, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble ? Had 11 tackles against Maine, including nine solo stops and a sack for eight yards ? Made nine tackles, eight solo and two for loss, at Rhode Island ? Had a team-best 21 tackles in the victory at New Hampshire, with two tackles for loss and fumble recovery ? Named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week following the New Hampshire game, while also being named to the ECAC / Budget Division I-AA Honor Roll ? Led the team with 10 tackles against Villanova, including two for loss and a sack for nine yards ? Named to the ECAC / Budget Division I-AA Honor Roll following the Villanova game ??Had a team-high 16 tackles at Connecticut, while also forcing a fumble ? Made nine tackles against James Madison ? Had eight tackles at Hofstra ? Made a team-high 12 tackles against Buffalo ? Had a team-leading 15 tackles at Richmond, including 14 solo and two for loss, while also intercepting a pass and returning it for two yards ??Made eight tackles at Delaware ? Named to the Athletic Director?s Honor Roll in the spring of 1999.

1997: Saw action in all 11 games at linebacker and on special teams ? Tops among freshmen and tied for eighth on the team with 43 total tackles (29 solo), including one sack and two tackles for loss ? Recorded at least three tackles in seven of the 11 games on the season ? Had his best performance of the year vs. Hofstra while filling in for an injured Khari Samuel (strained abdominal muscle, left game in second quarter) ? Posted a game-high 12 tackles (10 solo) with one tackle for loss against Hofstra ? Recorded eight tackles (four solo) at Maine ? Registered seven tackles in the season finale against Connecticut.

Before UMass: Three-year letterwinner for Bill Hardy at Nashua (N.H.) High School ? Played outside linebacker and tight end while leading his team to a 10-2 record and state runner-up finish in his senior campaign ? First team All-State pick and USA Today Honorable Mention choice as a senior ? Boston Globe New Hampshire Player of the Year and a Lowell Sun All-Star pick in his senior year ? Named his high school?s Athlete of the Year as a senior ? Two-time Nashua Telegraph first team All-Area choice ? Second team All-State selection as a junior ? Also earned two letters in track as a sprinter and thrower ? State champion in the shot put (56?7?) ? Tied the state record in the 55-meter dash (6.2 seconds) ? Football and track team captain as a senior. UMass Track: Placed seventh in the shot put at the 2000 Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship (48?5-1/2?).

Personal: Full name is Bamikole Richard Ayi ? Son of Akin and Kristy Ayi ? Brother, Femi, is a member of the football team at Delaware ? Born September 27, 1978 in Ann Arbor, Mich. ? Attended the same high school as incoming freshman tight end Sean Young ? Majoring in Legal Studies.

Ayi's Defensive Statistics

YearUTATTTSacksTFLINTPBU
19972914431200
19981164916521518
19991093814751322
TOTALS254101355830310

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