Returning starter on the defensive line ... named to 2010 Pre-Season All-Colonial Athletic Association team ... very strong lineman who has a tremendous amount of quickness ... only true freshman who wasn't a "red shirt" in 2007 ... named as a pre-season honorable mention FCS All-American by Consensus Draft Services (CDS) in 2008 and 2009 ... very good student who was named to 12th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star team ... also named to CoSIDA Academic All-America University Division District 2 team ... co-winner of the Tiger Award in 2009, presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies a Towson University football player.
2009 SEASON: Starter in ten games on defensive line ... finished seventh on the team with 52 tackles ... led Tigers with 11.5 tackles for lost yardage ... made 11.5 tackles for 45 lost yardage ... had 2.5 quarterback sacks and one forced fumble ... ranked ninth among CAA defensive linemen with 5.2 tackles per game ... finished 12th in the CAA in tackles for lost yardage ... made six tackles and recorded a sack in season opener at Northwestern ... had two tackles for lost yardage against the Wildcats ... led Tigers to a win over Coastal Carolina with career high seven tackles ... matched career high with seven tackles at Morgan State, including 2.5 tackles for lost yardage ... made six tackles and had one sack at fifth-ranked William & Mary ... made five tackles against sixth-ranked New Hampshire, including 1.5 tackles for lost yardage ... did not play in Tigers' win at Rhode Island due to injury ... also had five tackles against Delaware ... recorded six tackles at Northeastern ... had five tackles against number one-ranked Richmond ... recorded four tackles against #3 Villanova ... had three tackles at James Madison.
2008 SEASON: Starter in all 12 games on defensive line ... made 27 tackles to finish 13th on team ... made 3.5 tackles for lost yardage ... also had one fumble ... blocked field goal attempt at Richmond ... helped Tigers to a 31-24 win over Columbia with career high five tackles and a forced fumble ... had 4 tackles at Richmond ... matched career high with five tackles in finale against James Madison ... had three tackles at Navy ... made 3 tackles in Tigers' upset bid at #6 Villanova ... helped Tigers to win over Morgan State with 2 tackles.
2007 SEASON: Appeared in all 11 games as a reserve defensive lineman ... made 15 tackles ... had four tackles in first college game, a win over Central Connecticut ... made one tackle in win at Morgan State ... made three tackles at Colgate ... also had three tackles in narrow loss at Maine.
AT SOUTH LAKES H.S.: All-district pick on offense and defense ... named second team all-district offensive tackle ... honorable mention all-district defensive tackle ... made 70 tackles with 8 sacks as a senior for Coach John Ellenberger ... blocked two field goals to lead Seahawks to a win over Marshall ... standout for the Seahawks' track and field team ... earned all-district and all-region in shot put ... had personal best of 50 feet, 9 inches in shot put.
PERSONAL: Surname is Yakayama but prefers to be called "Yaky" ... has two brothers ... cousin, Stanley Ibia, played basketball at the University of Hawaii ... career goal is to own a business ... lists parents as the people he admires the most ... favorite NFL team is the New England Patriots ... hobbies include basketball and video games ... lists Deion Sanders and Reggie White as his favorite NFL players ... favorite movies are "Anchorman" and "300" ... favorite athlete is NBA guard Dwayne Wade ... favorite book is "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss ... enjoys listening to music by Lupe Fiasco ... favorite actor is Will Smith ... parents are both physicians ... son of Dr. Ekopimo Ibia and Dr. Itoro Ibia ... born on July 1, 1989 in Calabar, Nigeria