Kiko Alonso

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Kiko Alonso
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Alonso with the Buffalo Bills in 2013
No. 47 – Miami Dolphins
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-08-14) August 14, 1990 (age 27)
Newton, Massachusetts
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 239 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Gatos (CA)
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2017
Total tackles: 432
Sacks: 3.0
Interceptions: 7
Forced fumbles: 4
Fumble recoveries: 6
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Kristian "Kiko" Alonso (born August 14, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon, and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Alonso was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His father, Carlos Alonso, was born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico.[1] His mother, Monica Alonso, is from Colombia. Kiko has an older brother Carlos Alonso and a younger brother Lucas. Kiko attended Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California. He led the De Anza League and Central Coast Section in tackles his senior year with 150 stops (81 unassisted). He also tallied double figures in tackles in 10 of 12 games, finished third on the team in quarterback sacks, and led the Wildcats in receiving (35 catches, 559 yards). He led Central Coast's sixth-ranked team to the league title (10–1–1) in 2007, with its lone loss his final year coming against Gilroy (40–34) in the sectional semifinals.

Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the No. 47 inside linebacker in the class of 2008, behind Etienne Sabino (No. 1), Dont'a Hightower (No. 15), and Stevenson Sylvester (No. 26).[2] He accepted a scholarship offer from Oregon over a scholarship offer from Utah.[3]

College career[edit]

Alonso attended the University of Oregon, where he played for the Oregon Ducks football team from 2008 to 2012. After redshirting in 2008, he spent the 2009 season as Oregon's primary reserve middle linebacker. He appeared in the final twelve games, accumulating 13 of his 16 tackles unassisted. In 2010, he spent the entire season suspended from the team for a DUI and other legal troubles.[4] He returned the following season and was Oregon's eighth-leading tackler ranked fourth among linebackers with 46 stops, including 6 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was also named the 2012 Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game with one interception and five tackles, including career-highs of 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. In his final season, he started in all 13 games and earned second team all-conference honors. He recorded 87 total tackles (62 solo, 25 assisted), including 16 tackles for loss, a sack, four interceptions, seven pass deflections and two forced fumbles.

Suspension[edit]

On February 19, 2010, Alonso was arrested and charged with a DUI.[5][6] It was a controversial situation for the Oregon Ducks football program, as it had gone through a large volume of player misbehavior off of the field. Chip Kelly and the program had been criticized greatly by fans for being too lenient on star players for the sake of winning just days prior to Kiko's arrest.[7] Coach Kelly made the decision to suspend Kiko for the DUI for the entire 2010 season. In 2011 Kiko was given another chance to be a star on the Ducks football team, but he was arrested again in May 2011 for burglary, criminal trespassing and mischief.[8] The charges stemmed from a burglary attempt on a female victim who reported that Alonso banged on her door and demanded to let him in to her home. The woman called 911, and Alonso smashed down her door and entered her home.[9] He was also found to be intoxicated from alcohol at the scene. Nothing was reportedly missing from the woman's house which led to further speculation if this was a serious attempt of robbery or another public intoxication act of Alonso. He pleaded guilty to all of the charges. He received two years of probation, and was ordered to undergo 200 hours of community service along with alcohol treatment programs. His plea bargain allowed him to avoid going to jail.[10] Despite calls from the local team supporters to kick Kiko off of the team,[11] he was then given a third chance by Kelly, being re-instated to the Ducks football team in early September 2011 after completing over 200 hours of community service and the alcoholic awareness program.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 3 38 in
(1.91 m)
238 lb
(108 kg)
4.74 s 1.66 s 2.71 s 4.18 s 6.96 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
All values from NFL Combine.[13]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

2013 season[edit]

On April 26, 2013, Alonso was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round (46th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[14] On May 15, 2013, he signed a four-year contract with the Bills.[15]

In his first NFL regular season game against the New England Patriots, Alonso had a total of 9 tackles leading the Bills defense close to an upset win. The next week against the Carolina Panthers, Alonso had a total of 10 tackles, 1 interception, and a sack to lead the Bills to their first win of the season under new head coach Doug Marrone. In Week 3, Alonso finished the game with 8 tackles and a pick in a loss to fellow rookie Geno Smith and the New York Jets. He was the first Bills player to record an interception in back to back games since Jairus Byrd in 2009.[16] In Week 4, Alonso had 5 tackles and 2 interceptions to help his team win against the Baltimore Ravens.

On October 3, 2013, Alonso was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for the month of September.[17]

In a Week 5 game against the Cleveland Browns, Alonso leaped over the goal line on 2nd and goal to prevent running back Willis McGahee from scoring a touchdown. Alonso finished the game with 12 tackles and no interceptions, the first time he did not record an interception in a game since Week 1.[18] In a Week 6 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Alonso had the biggest game of his young career, when he recorded 22 tackles. Although Buffalo lost in overtime, Alonso stood out as the only defensive player nominated for PFWA Rookie of the Year.[19] and, on January 14, 2014, was named PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year.[20] Alonso was also named to the NFL's All-Under-25 Team for 2014.[21]

2014 season[edit]

Bills GM Doug Whaley announced that Alonso would be shifted to the weakside linebacker position for the 2014–15 NFL season.[22] Shortly after however, Alonso tore his ACL while working out in Oregon and missed the entire 2014 season, as a seven to nine-month recovery was expected.[23][24] Alonso was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on August 26, 2014.[25]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On March 10, 2015, the Bills traded Alonso to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for LeSean McCoy to play for his former college coach Chip Kelly.[26] During the second quarter of a week 2 contest against the Dallas Cowboys on September 20, 2015, Alonso suffered a Grade II sprain - a partial tear - of his repaired left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On March 9, 2016, the Eagles traded Alonso, cornerback Byron Maxwell, and a first round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the Dolphins' first round draft pick.[27] Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was later selected by the Dolphins to complete the trade.

Alonso was named the starting middle linebacker for the Dolphins to start the 2016 season, he started 15 games with 115 total tackles, 2 interceptions and a defensive touchdown against the San Diego Chargers in Week 10.[28]

On March 9, 2017, the Dolphins placed a first-round tender on Alonso.[29] On March 21, 2017, Alonso signed a four-year, $28.9 million contract with the Dolphins through the 2020 season.[30]

In Week 8 of 2017, Alonso drew criticism for a hit on Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, which put Flacco in concussion protocol.[31] The league conducted an investigation to determine if Alonso should be suspended, but decided not to suspend him.[32] On November 3, Alonso was fined $9,115.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly, Omar. "Embracing his Hispanic heritage has helped Kiko Alonso blossom". 
  2. ^ "Rivals.com". sports.yahoo.com. 
  3. ^ "Kiko Alonso - Yahoo! Sports". rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso overcomes troubles to meet expectations". 
  5. ^ "Oregon football: Kiko Alonso cited for DUII". 
  6. ^ "Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso suspended after arrest". 
  7. ^ Oliver, Brandon. "Mark Helfrich Should Follow Chip Kelly's Example to Curb Oregon's Legal Issues". 
  8. ^ "Reports: Ducks LB Alonso charged with burglary". ESPN.com. 2 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Arrest lands Ducks' Alonso another suspension". 2 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ducks LB Alonso pleads guilty to misdemeanors". ESPN.com. 6 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Husseman: Chip Kelly must kick Kiko Alonso off Oregon football team - Emerald Media". 2 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Oregon's Kiko Alonso sentenced probation, community service - USATODAY.com". 
  13. ^ "Adrian Peterson-Oklahoma RB-2007 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved November 28, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Bills draft Oregon LB Alonso with 46th pick - NFL - ESPN". sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  15. ^ "LB Kiko Alonso signs rookie deal with Bills". buffalobills.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  16. ^ "BDC 9/23: Bills at Jets Recap". buffalobills.com. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  17. ^ "Kiko Alonso named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month". buffalobills.com. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  18. ^ "WATCH: Kiko Alonso Game-Winning Interception Return For TD". Miami.CBSLocal.com. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  19. ^ "Kiko Alonso nominated for Rookie of the Year". buffalobills.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Kiko Alonso named PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year". buffalobills.com. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Buffalo Bills' Cordy Glenn, Kiko Alonso Make NFL's List of Best Young Players". 
  22. ^ "Doug Whaley: Buffalo Bills' Kiko Alonso to play WLB". 
  23. ^ "Source: Alonso tears ACL, likely out for '14". ESPN.com. 2 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Buffalo Bills Look to Fill Huge Hole at Linebacker in Wake of Kiko Alonso Injury". 
  25. ^ Brown, Chris. "Kiko Alonso placed on Reserve/NFI list". BuffaloBills.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "Eagles Acquire LB Alonso For RB McCoy". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. March 10, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Dolphins finish Maxwell, Alonso trade, cut Grimes". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  28. ^ Beasley, Adam H. (November 13, 2016). "Late Kiko Alonso pick-six lifts Dolphins past Chargers 31-24". MiamiHerald.com. 
  29. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. March 9, 2017. 
  30. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 21, 2017). "Kiko Alonso signs three-year extension with Dolphins". NFL.com. 
  31. ^ "Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso's hit to Joe Flacco's head sparks furor". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  32. ^ "Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso won't be suspended for hit on Ravens' Joe Flacco". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  33. ^ Knoblauch, Austin. "Kiko Alonso fined $9,115 for hit on Joe Flacco". NFL. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 

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