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    Louis Ayeni
    Louis Ayeni

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Woodbury, Minn.

    High School:
    Woodbury

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 215

    Position:
    SAF

    Birthdate:
    02/05/1981



    The Scouting Report: A highly touted prep recruit, injuries plagued Ayeni throughout his NU career ... Caught the eye of the defensive coaches in 2002 while playing special teams, and in the spring, was moved to safety ... One of the pleasant surprises of spring 2003 ... Began final year as a backup behind Torri Stuckey ... Ankle, hamstring and arm injuries slowed him since the conclusion of the 2000 season ... Final season (2003) was slowed by a stinger ... Made quite an impression as a defensive player despite playing just four games ... Hard-hitting player who played aggressively ... Good defensive instincts.

    2003: Team co-captain ... Missed nine of the 13 games this season with a stinger, including the Motor City Bowl ... Had an impressive debut as a defensive starter, earning team's defensive player of the week honor versus Kansas: seven tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... Suffered the injury in the Kansas game, however, and had to sit out the next six games (Air Force through Indiana) ... Returned to the lineup vs. Wisconsin and logged 79 plays ... Recorded four tackles (three solos), including a TFL against the Badgers ... Totaled seven tackles (four solos) at Purdue ... Registered four tackles (three solos) vs. Penn State before leaving the contest with the same shoulder/neck injury ... Made a successful transition from offense (running back/receiver) to safety in the off-season ... Impressed coaches enough that he earned a starting job in the secondary ... A hard-hitting safety that has battled through numerous injuries (six surgeries) over his career ... Named one of four team captains in a vote by teammates.

    2002: Played in all 12 games, mostly on special teams ... Notched six tackles, including a pair of solo hits at Navy ... Offensive scout team player of the week versus Iowa.

    2001: Missed the entire season while recovering from his Alamo Bowl injury (ankle) vs. Nebraska.

    2000: Sat out the first six games of the year with an injured pelvic bone ... Had two catches for 50 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown vs. Purdue ... Returned eight kickoffs for 189 yards, averaging 23.6 yards per return ... Best return was a 54-yarder that set up a score vs. Michigan ... Recorded six tackles on special teams ... Suffered a broken ankle in the Alamo Bowl game vs. Nebraska.

    1999: Saw action in all 11 games ... Rushed 44 times for 160 yards and caught five passes for 20 yards ... Led the team with 295 yards on kickoff returns ... Rushed for a career-high 64 yards on 15 carries against Illinois ... Earned championship performance recognition once.

    High School: Named first-team all-state by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Associated Press ... All-conference, AP all-metro ... State championship game Most Valuable Player ... Team MVP ... Conference MVP ... Seven-time Athlete of the Week ... Team captain ... School's career leader in yards (3,504) and touchdowns (47) ... Ran for 2,112 yards and 34 touchdowns his senior season, both school records ... Returned seven punts for 270 yards and three touchdowns ... Ran for 1,114 yards and 17 TDs in six playoff games, leading team to Class 5A state championship ... In 1997, played in only four games due to a broken arm and rushed for 665 yards ... Named honorable mention all-conference his sophomore year after rushing for 727 yards and nine TDs ... Academic all-conference ... Lettered seven times as a prep (3 -- football, 4 -- track) ... High school coach was Gary Halvorson.

    Personal: Born Louis O. Ayeni on 2/5/81 ... Son of Babs and Flora Ayeni ... Communication studies major.

    The Ayeni File
    Q: If you could possess an extraordinary talent in the arts, what would it be?
    A: To draw.
    Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
    A: Adversity makes heroes.
    Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
    A: I used to model.

    Ayeni's Career Statistics

    Rushing
    Year          GP     ATT     YDS     AVG     TD     LNG
    1999          11     44      160     3.6     0      13
    

    Receiving Year GP REC YDS AVG TD LNG 1999 11 5 20 4.0 0 7 2000 6 2 50 25.0 1 35 TOTALS 17 7 70 10.0 1 35

    Kick Returns Year RET YDS AVG TD LNG 1999 17 295 17.4 0 36 2000 8 189 23.6 0 54 TOTALS 25 484 19.4 0 54

    Tackles Year GP ST AT TT TFL INT PBU FR FF SACK 1999 11 1 1 2 0.0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2000 6 4 2 6 0.0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2002 12 5 1 6 0.0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 2003 4 12 10 22 1.0/4 0-0 0 1 1 0-0 TOTALS 33 22 14 36 1.0/4 0-0 0 1 1 0-0