51   Serge Tikum
Serge Tikum

RS Senior

Silver Spring, Md.

High School:
The Bullis School

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 226



2005 Update:

  • 2005 Atlantic 10 Second Team
  • 2005 New England Football Writers Division 1-AA All-Star Team

  • Senior defensive leader who is in his second year as a team captain.
  • Very mature and intelliegent player who is explosive and has good lateral moves.
  • All-conference candidate at middle (MIKE) linebacker.
  • Coming back from off-season clean-up knee surgery which limited him early in camp. Was forced to miss first practices in four years this season.
  • Cameroon native had the story on his family's fight for U.S. citizenship was featured in Boston Globe on Oct. 21. Finished with 54 tackles this season, including 1.5 TFLs.
  • Made four tackles at Hofstra (11/19).
  • Six tackles at Army (11/12).
  • Three tackles at Delaware (11/5).
  • Five tackles vs. New Hampshire (10/29).
  • Intercepted first-career pass at Maine (10/22) and returned it 22 yards also made two tackles.
  • Six tackles and a TFL vs. No. 4 James Madison (10/15) as they were held to just 157 total yards and 61 passing yards.
  • Tied for team-lead in tackles with seven vs. Northeastern (10/8) including a 1/2 sack.
  • Season-best nine tackles vs. Rhode Island (9/24).
  • Has four tackles in each game this season for 12 total tackles.
  • Made four tackles in each of first three games of the season including vs. Albany (9/17) for third game in a row.
  • Returned to starting role at Colgate (9/10) and had four tackles.
  • Coming off bench at Richmond (9/1), made four tackles (two solo) to reach 200 in his career.
  • Last season, started all 11 games at linebacker with team-high 82 tackles, 66 solo season. Also had five TFLs for 27 yards and three sacks for 23 yards.
  • Had 36 tackles over three games from Oct. 23-Nov. 6, 2004.
  • Named UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week on Nov. 8.
  • Started every game as a sophomore in 2003,making 83 tackles.

    General: Senior captain along with Shannon James and Colin Stoetzel ... Was a team captain as a junior, showing his maturity and leadership ... Talented middle linebacker that is an explosive hitter with good lateral speed ... Excellent football player with great team-first mentality.

    As A Redshirt Junior In 2004: Game-By-Game Statistics
    Started all 11 games at linebacker with team-high 82 tackles, 66 solo, and had five tackles for loss (27 yards) ... Had 36 tackles over the last three games ... Posted career-high 14 tackles at Northeastern (11/6) to earn UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week on Nov. 8 ... Racked up 11 tackles for second game in a row vs. Maine (10/30) ... Tallied 11 tackles at Rhode Island (10/23) ... Keyed defense at Boston College (10/2) with seven tackles, five solo ... Had seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a nine-yard sack at James Madison (10/9) ... Huge game with nine tackles vs. Colgate (9/11) ... Made six solo stops vs. Richmond (9/18).

    As A Redshirt Sophomore In 2003: Game-By-Game Statistics
    One of UMass' starting inside linebackers ... Started all 13 games ... Totaled 83 tackles, including 64 solo stops, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks ... Also had two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble ... Recorded 11 tackles (eight solo) at Delaware, with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery ... Had nine tackles, including six solo stops, in the win over Rhode Island ... Ranked second on the team with nine tackles in the victory over Richmond, including six solo stops, a tackle for loss and a 10-yard sack ... Totaled nine tackles in the victory at Maine, with a sack and two tackles for loss ... Made eight tackles in the season opener against Central Connecticut State, with a sack and two tackles for loss ... Recorded eight tackles in the victory over New Hampshire, with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery ... Had seven total tackles, including six solo stops and a sack, in the win at Villanova ... Made seven tackles with a tackle for loss in the win over James Madison ... Totaled seven tackles at Kansas State.

    As A Redshirt Freshman In 2002: Game-By-Game Statistics
    A backup at inside linebacker ... Also contributed on special teams ... Played in 12 games on the season, earning one start ... Made 36 total tackles on the season, including 24 solo stops ... Also recorded two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry ... Totaled eight tackles at North Carolina State, with a tackle for loss and a forced fumble ... Also rushed for 16 yards on a fake punt at N.C. State ... Recorded five tackles in the victory at Richmond, with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry, while making the first start of his collegiate career ... Made six total tackles against Hofstra ... Had five tackles against Central Connecticut ... Totaled four tackles in the win at James Madison ... Recorded two solo tackles in the victory over Villanova ... Made a pair of tackles in the win over Maine ... Had three tackles against AIC ... Recorded a tackle for loss at Northeastern.

    As A Freshman In 2001: Redshirted.

    Before UMass: Played for coach Walter King at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md. ... Recorded 126 tackles and 23 sacks during his senior season, while serving as team captain and leading his team to a perfect 10-0 record ... Also rushed for 1,571 yards and 16 touchdowns on offense ... Had career totals of 313 tackles and 36 sacks, while also rushing for over 3,300 yards and scoring 32 touchdowns ... Set school records for sacks in a single game (five), sacks in a single season (23) and rushing yards in a single season (1,570) ... Named Defensive Player of the Year by the Montgomery Journal ... Also selected Private School Player of the Year ... Named first team All-State and Washington Post second team All-Metro ... Also a member of the track and basketball teams at the Bullis School.

    Personal: Full name is Serge Mbah Tikum ... Son of Judith Tanjoh ... Has three siblings: Marie, Roger, and Emmanuel ... Born May 28, 1982, in Cameroon ... Majoring in political science ... Says he wants to become a lawyer following graduation.

    Year  GP  UT  AT  TT  Sacks  TFL  Int  PBU
    2002  12/1  24  12  36  0-0  2-6  0-0  1
    2003  13/13  64  19  83  4-29  10-35  0-0  0
    2004  11/11  66  16  82  3-23  5-27  0-0  2
    2005  11/10  15  39  54  0.5-2  1.5-3  1-22  1
    Totals  46/35  169  86  255  7.5-54  19.5-71  1-22  4

    CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 14 at Northeastern (11/6/04) Interceptions: 1 at Maine (10/22/05) Sacks: 1 five times (last at James Madison, 10/9/04)

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