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    Matt Akers
    Matt Akers

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Bakersfield, Calif.

    High School:
    Liberty

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 235

    Position:
    DE

    Experience:
    5th

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    Matt-Akers-Bio
    Photo courtesy of Jack Porter, Big Valley News

    Last updated on Dec. 5, 2012

    2012 (Senior): A starter at defensive end as a junior, he converted to fullback his senior season ... used there in goal-line situations and helped running back Robbie Rouse score 12 rushing touchdowns on the season ... played in four games.

    2011 (Junior): Started all 13 games at defensive end ... posted 21 tackles on the year, 4.0 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks ... broke up one pass and had two quarterback hurries ... forced one fumble and blocked one kick ... had a career-high five tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack for a loss of 11 yards at New Mexico State, Nov. 12 ... posted three tackles and a sack at No. 10 Nebraska.

    2010 (Sophomore): Squad member.

    2009 (Redshirt Freshman): Made eight tackles seeing time on at defensive end... has season highs of two tackles against UC Davis, Hawaii and New Mexico State.

    2008 (Freshman): Redshirted.

    High School: A tough and physical player ... bench pressed 380 pounds ... played linebacker at Liberty but is projected as a defensive end ... selected second-team All-State by CalHiSports ... rated as one of the Top 25 ends in California by one recruiting service ... had 87 tackles and 16 sacks in his senior season ... selected the Bakersfield Californian's Defensive Player of the Year ... had five games in which he had at least two sacks ... had a season-high 14 tackles against Bakersfield High ... led Liberty to an 8-4 record ... also considered San Diego State and Colorado State.

    Personal: Born Oct. 7, 1989 ... the son of Lori and Jim Rucks ... has one younger brother, Adam ... stepfather Jim played football in the Navy ... spends free time weight-lifting ... favorite athlete is A.J. Hawk ... biggest athletic thrill is making a sack ... chose Fresno State for the location and the atmosphere ... graduated from high school with a 3.5 GPA ... kinesiology major.

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