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Monday, February 21, 2011
Miami Dolphins Ikaika Alama -Francis
6'5" / 290
2010 DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Alama-Francis’ father, Joseph, was a backup to Packers legendary quarterback Bart Starr in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and he played for Vince Lombardi. However, Alama-Francis didn’t follow his father’s career path originally as he first began at Hawaii as a walk-on for the school’s basketball program, playing hoops for the 2002-03 season. He was noticed by then Rainbow Warriors Head Football Coach June Jones and was asked to join the football program due to his tremendous combination of size and athleticism and later earned a scholarship on the team.
Signed by the Dolphins as a free agent on November 24, 2009 ... Had been released by the Detroit Lions on September 6 ... Second-round draft pick (58th overall) of Detroit in 2007.
PRO 2010 - Played in a reserve role 11 times and was inactive five games this season while recovering from an illness ... Made his Dolphin debut in a reserve role on Oct. 4th vs. New England ... For the preseason finished with eight tackles ... Started on Sept. 2nd at Dallas and played in a reserve role first three preseason games ... Finished second on the team in tackles once in the preseason ... On August 27th vs. Atlanta finished tied for second on the Dolphins with five tackles.
2009 - Was inactive for six games with Miami.
2008 - Appeared in 13 games with two starts with Detroit ... Finished with 38 tackles (19 solo), one sack, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery ... Inactive for season opener at Atlanta (9/7) ... Posted three tackles vs. Green Bay (9/14) ... Recorded four tackles and a half-sack at Houston (10/19) ... Tallied a career-high six tackles, including a tackle for loss, vs. Washington (10/26) ... Recorded first career start at Carolina (11/16) in place of an injured Jared DeVries at the left defensive end position.
2007 - Played in six games as a rookie with Detroit in 2007 ... Finished with 12 tackles (five solo) ... Recorded first career tackle vs. Chicago (9/30) ... Was inactive three games due to injury (vs. NY Giants, 11/18, vs. Green Bay 11/22, at Minnesota 12/2) ... Returned to lineup and recorded three tackles vs. Dallas (12/9) ... Notched season-high four tackles at San Diego (12/16).
Started 26 games at Hawaii ... Finished with career total of 112 tackles (62 solo) and 10 sacks ... Began collegiate career as a walk-on to the Rainbow Warriors basketball team prior to joining the football program and earning a scholarship.
Name is pronounced ee-KY-kah ah-LA-mah ... Son of former Green Bay Packers quarterback Joe Francis ... Attended Kalaheo High School in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii where he lettered in basketball, volleyball and baseball ... Participated in the Miami Dolphins Foundation Golf Tournament ... Born on December 4, 1984.