Possessing the size and strength to be able to handle double teams along the defensive line, the club’s third round draft choice in 2012 remained consistent in 2014. Hicks, who possesses the ability to play on both the outside and on the interior, played in 15 games with 14 starts at left defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan and finished second among Saints defensive linemen in tackles with 58 stops (36 solo) while adding two sacks and two passes defensed.
NFL CAREER – Possessing the size and strength to be able to handle double teams along the defensive line, the club’s third round draft choice in 2012 remained consistent in 2014. Hicks, who possesses the ability to play on both the outside and on the interior, played in 15 games with 14 starts at left defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan and finished second among Saints defensive linemen in tackles with 58 stops (36 solo) while adding two sacks and two passes defensed.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on reserve/injured, 12/26/14; Agreed to terms on a four-year contract, 6/28/12; Selected by the Saints in the third round (89th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
2014 – Played in 15 games with 14 starts at left defensive end before being placed on reserve/injured prior to season finale. Totaled 58 tackles (36 solo), two sacks and two passes defensed…Posted five tackles in back-to-back weeks at Dallas, Sept. 28, and vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5…On Sunday Night Football vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26, posted five tackles and matched that number on a short week at Carolina, Oct. 30, while adding a sack of Panthers QB Cam Newton for a loss of nine yards…Posted three stops and a sack of Bears QB Jay Cutler for a loss of seven yards at Chicago, Dec. 15…Registered four tackles and one deflection of a throw by Falcons QB Matt Ryan vs. Atlanta, Dec. 21. 2013 – Started all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests at left defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan. In the regular season, led the New Orleans defensive line with 72 tackles (35 solo), while ranking third on the team with 4.5 sacks, dragging down QBs Matt Ryan, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton. In the postseason, added seven tackles (four solo) and half a sack of Eagles QB Nick Foles with Jordan…In season-opening win vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, made his debut at left defensive end and posted six tackles and one sack of Ryan for a loss of eight yards…Set a career-high with eight stops vs. Buffalo, Oct. 27…Tallied seven tackles (four solo) and one sack of Kaepernick vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17…Tied his career-high with eight stops (three solo) and had a career-best 1.5 takedowns of Ryan at Atlanta, Nov. 21…Dropped Newton for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter, as he tied for the team lead with five stops (two solo) at Carolina, Dec. 22…Registered three tackles (two solo), while splitting a quarterback takedown with Jordan in his postseason debut in the NFC Wild Card Playoff win at Philadelphia, 1/4/14…Totaled four stops in NFC Divisional Playoff at Seattle, 1/11/14. 2012 – Played in 14 games at defensive tackle…Recorded 32 tackles, one pass deflection and one forced fumble…Recorded a season-high eight tackles (five solo) vs. Kansas City, Sept. 23…In most extensive action of season, recorded six tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble at Denver, Oct. 28.
COLLEGE – Started all 16 games from 2010-11 at Regina (Sask.) and totaled 76 tackles (43 solo), eight sacks, four forced fumbles and 13 tackles for a loss…Recorded 42 tackles (29 solo), eight tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defensed as he earned All-Canada West Universities Athletic Association and All-Canadian InterUniversity Sport honors as a senior…Earned All-Canada West All-Star as a junior, starting all eight games and totaling 34 tackles (14 solo) with 1.5 sacks, five tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one pass defense…Attended LSU in 2009 but did not play. At Sacramento City College from 2007-08, where he was an All-American as a sophomore, posted career totals in 17 games of 65 tackles (32 solo)…Majored in business marketing.
PERSONAL – Prepped at Del Campo (Fair Oaks, Calif.) HS on both the offensive and defensive lines…Earned All-Sac Joaquin section and All-Capital Football League honors as a senior and junior…As a senior, registered 52 tackles with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…As a junior, recorded 48 tackles with four takedowns…Since coming to New Orleans, Hicks has been one of the club’s most active players in community events…Participated in Rebuilding Together’s “Kickoff to Rebuild” event prior to Super Bowl XLVII in Algiers, where he assisted in painting the front of several renovated and rehabilitated houses for local residents and served as a celebrity judge for a barbeque competition…Visited children patients in the pediatric unit at Ochsner Medical Center and adults receiving chemotherapy at the facility’s Tom and Gayle Benson Cancer Center over the Christmas holidays…Has also been an active participant in Saints events supporting the NFL’s “Play 60” initiatives…Has stressed the importance of reading to local youth through the Rotolo’s Pizzeria literacy program, when he joined Jordan for a session at St. Edward the Confessor School in Metairie in the 2013 offseason. The two ends also delivered classroom supplies and toys to a pre-kindergarten class at AP Tureaud Elementary School as part of Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program…Part of a group of players that donated the funding for and distributed more than 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to families in need at the Dryades YMCA…The son of a 22-year military veteran, Hicks participated in a Middle East USO Tour in 2015…Born Akiem Jamar Hicks on Nov. 16, 1989.
New Orleans Saints Defensive End Akiem Hicks met with media Monday, Sept. 21 and talked about how the defense looks to continue to improve as the season progresses. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints Defensive End Akiem Hicks met with media Thursday, Sept. 17 and talked about how the Saints are looking to regain their home field dominance starting with their Week 2 matchup vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints Defensive End Akiem Hicks met with media Monday, Sept. 14 and talked about the defensive line's play vs the Arizona Cardinals Week 1. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks met with the media Thursday, Sept. 10 and talked about facing their Week 1 opponent the Arizona Cardinals. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints video)