2016 • SENIOR SEASON: Started all seven games so far this season and has recorded 18 tackles with 5.5 for a loss. Game-by-Game: Registered three tackles including one for a loss of one yard against Oregon State • started against Indiana State • recorded three tackles including one for a loss of two yards against Colorado State • made one tackle against Penn State • tallied four tackles including one for a loss of two yards against Iowa • recorded one tackle against Maryland • posted a career day against Rutgers with six tackles including three for a loss of 29 yards and two sacks for a loss of 22 yards.
2015 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played 13 games, starting 11 • made 11 tackles, including 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage (all sacks) • broke up a pair of passes and recovered a fumble. Game-by-Game: Tallied a pair of tackles against TCU • registered a pass breakup at Colorado State • made a tackle and added a pass breakup against Ohio • started at Northwestern, but did not record a statistic • tallied one tackle, inluding .5 sack at Purdue • registered a tackle versus Nebraska • saw action but did not record a statistic versus Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin • tallied three tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble at Ohio State • registered two tackles, including a sack for five yards, at Iowa • notched a tackle versus Illinois • competed against Wisconsin and Central Michigan, but did not record a statistic.
2014 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 13 games, starting one • made 14 tackles, including 3.0 for a loss (1.5 sacks). Game-by-Game: Made five tackles, including one tackle-for-loss, against Eastern Illinois • totaled two tackles, including one sack, against Middle Tennessee • played at TCU • talled three tackles, one tackle-for-loss and .5 sack against San Jose State • played at Michigan, against Northwestern and against Purdue, but did not record any statistics • tallied two tackles at Illinois • assisted on one tackle against Iowa • saw action against Ohio State, at Nebraska and at Wisconsin • made one tackle against Missouri.
2013 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 10 games • made 10 tackles, including one tackle-for-loss • named Outstanding Defensive Freshman of the Year. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against UNLV and recorded two tackles • registered two solo tackles at New Mexico State • played against Western Illinois, but did not record any statistics • made one tackle against San Jose State • made one tackle against Iowa and at Northwestern • competed against Nebraska • played against Penn State and Wisconsin, but did not record any statistics • made three solo tackles, including one tackle-for-loss against Syracuse.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Lewisville High School • was a three-year letterwinner • earned first-team All-District 8-5A in 2012 after being named honorable mention in 2010 • tallied 24 tackles, 2.5 sacks and recorded one fumble recovery as a senior in 2012 • made 26 tackles, 3.5 sacks and forced two fumbles as a junior • coached by Greg Miller • enrolled at the University of Minnesota in January 2013 and participated in spring practice • Scout.com listed him as a two-star recruit and as the No. 123 player at his position • Rivals.com named him a three-star prospect.
PERSONAL: Born June 30, 1995 • son of Joel and Edith Ekpe • older brother, Scott, is a defensive lineman for the Gophers.
Gophers To Play BYU, Colorado
The Minnesota football program has agreed to future home-and-home series with BYU and Colorado.
Game 8: Minnesota at Illinois
Minnesota plays at Illinois at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game can be seen on BTN and can be heard on KFAN.
Double OT With Coach Claeys After Rutgers
Coach Claeys answered more questions after his Facebook Live show last night.