IK Enemkpali

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IK Enemkpali
No. 75 Buffalo Bills
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Birth name: Ikemefuna Chinedum Enemkpali
Date of birth: (1991-07-03) July 3, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth: Pflugerville, Texas
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 261 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High school: Pflugerville (TX)
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 6 / Pick: 210
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 16
Sacks: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Ikemefuna Chinedum "IK" Enemkpali (born July 3, 1991) is an American football outside linebacker[1] for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisiana Tech.

Early years[edit]

Enemkpali was born in Pflugerville, Texas, on July 3, 1991 to Igbo Nigerian immigrants.[2] He attended Pflugerville High School in Texas. Enemkpali was selected to the All-District 25-5A first team and all-Central Texas third team by the American Statesman.[3] He had 64 tackles and 14 sacks in his senior season in high school.[3]

College career[edit]

Enemkpali attended Louisiana Tech University from 2009 to 2013. He was selected to the 2012 First Team All-WAC and All-Louisiana First Team in his junior season. He was named as the 2012 Fred Dean Defensive Player of the Year in junior season. He was selected 2013 First Team All-Conference USA and All-Louisiana First Team following his senior season. He was selected as the 2013 Willie Roaf Lineman of the Year in his senior season.[3]

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Enemkpali was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round (210th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[4] In his rookie season, he appeared in 6 games, making 3 tackles and defending 2 passes.

On August 11, 2015, Enemkpali got into an altercation with Geno Smith in the locker room regarding $600 Smith allegedly owed Enemkpali. Enemkpali punched Smith in his face, fracturing his jaw. The Jets released Enemkpali shortly thereafter.[5][6]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On August 12, 2015, one day after being waived by the Jets, Enemkpali was claimed by the Buffalo Bills.[7] He was released by the Bills on September 4, 2015, but signed to the practice squad a few days later.[8] On September 10, 2015, nearly a month after attacking Smith, the NFL finally disciplined the incident and suspended Enemkpali for 4 games.[9][10] On September 11, 2015, the Bills promoted Enemkpali to their 53-man roster,[11] he was placed on the reserve/suspended list on the following day.[12] He played 11 games in 2015 with 13 tackles.

Personal[edit]

Enemkpali's sister, Nneka Enemkpali, was a basketball player for the Texas Longhorns from 2011 until 2015, and was selected by the Seattle Storm in the 2015 WNBA draft in the third round as the twenty-sixth overall pick.[13]

2011 arrest[edit]

When Enemkpali was 19, he was upset at a security guard who would not let his companion enter a bar. After the guard refused an exorbitant amount of money offered by Enemkpali to let his friend inside, Enemkpali threw a punch that missed. The guard then pepper sprayed him, which forced him outside where a brawl ensued. During the fight, he struck the guard in the side of the head, and then a deputy subdued him with a taser.[14] Enemkpali was later charged with simple battery, placed on 13 months of probation, and ordered to undergo 32 combined hours of community service and anger management classes.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buffalo Bills: IK Enemkpali". 
  2. ^ Nawrocki, Nolan. "Draft 2014: Prospects". National Football League. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Louisiana Tech Profile". latechsports.com. 
  4. ^ "Jets Draft: Get To Know Round 6-7 Selections". 
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (August 11, 2015). "Geno Smith out 6-10 weeks after being punched in jaw". National Football League. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Inabinett, Mark (August 11, 2015). "New York Jets altercation creates roster opening for Javier Arenas". AL.com. Archived from the original on August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bills claim IK Enemkpali". WGRZ. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Sessler, Marc (September 7, 2015). "Buffalo Bills sign IK Enemkpali to practice squad". NFL.com. Retrieved September 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Enemkpali suspended 4 games for punching Geno.". Official Site of the National Football League. NFL. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ian Rapoport on Twitter". Twitter. 
  11. ^ Ortega, Mark. "Enemkpali added to Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster.". Official Site of the National Football League. NFL. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Chris Brown". Twitter. 
  13. ^ "Nneka Enemkpali's Texas Profile". The Official Website of UT Athletics. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  14. ^ Ben Shpigel "Raised to Be Respectful, Ikemefuna Enemkpali Lets a Dispute Get the Better of Him". nytimes.com. August 14, 2015. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  15. ^ Michael O'Keefe "Before punching Geno Smith, ex-Jets LB IK Enemkpali attacked a police officer in 2011". nydailynews.com. August 12, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2015.

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